One Floyd County elementary school celebrates Veterans Day early

Published: Nov. 7, 2019 at 6:07 PM EST
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Although Veterans Day is not until Monday, Duff Allen Central Elementary School held its Veterans Day program on Thursday, inviting veterans from the Disabled American Veterans group as well as family members to celebrate those who sacrificed for our country.

Many speakers, including Floyd County Judge-Executive Robbie Williams, honored these veterans by sharing their appreciation for what they did, along with a student production and food.

"They deserve our deepest respect and admiration. We are a fortunate nation to have our veterans in our midst," said Williams. "You never know who you could next to, it could be a hero."

Williams, who knows the struggles and sacrifices veterans have faced, as he is a veteran himself. He served in the National Guard for seven years and the Marines for three years.

Music teacher, Cecilia Prater, started this program more than ten years ago.

"We just kept going and building every year," she said.

What started off as a teachers-ran event is now run by the student council.

"I just want the children to understand how much these veterans have sacrificed from them. The time away from your family. The time they can't get back," said Prater.

"Does me really good to see these young people. Our time is about up we've served our country, we've done our best," said Air Force veteran and DAV member, Bill May. "These young people need to know what the foundation of our nation is the military."

And after this program, you can see that they do understand.

"The reason that we're able to be here is because of freedom. And without freedom, you don't have a country," May added.

Learning lessons they will carry with them. Remembering the fight in them is for a better future.

At the end of the program, the school gave the DAV $300 as an additional way to show appreciation.

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