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Students thank veterans in service

By Jim Conrad, jconrad@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:47:45 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 10 2013 11:00:00 PM CST

The next generation is showing appreciation to the military in their own way on Veterans Day.

Duffield, Va. -

The next generation is showing appreciation to the military in their own way on Veterans Day.

Through songs and skits, two schools in the region pause to just say 'thank you'.

The singing of our national anthem and a song saluting our flag opens both Duffield Primary School's Veterans program and Sullivan South High School's tribute.

But it's not only the flag they salute, but those both present and past that defend it and all it stands for.

Third graders offer their thanks in song. Their hallways are lined with stars that represent those both family and friends that have served, mostly their grandfathers. "He said that he was a soldier and he's still alive," Makyla Packer says about her relative.

"My papaw said he was a sergeant and he helped the people who were sick in the Army," Isaiah Bishop adds.

If not with song they all offered a letter of thanks; they too line the halls along with their hand-colored pictures.

The Sullivan South ROTC takes a more dramatic approach as they involve as many students as they can to visually remind us of the scarifies made. "We talk about all they've done for us and all that we can do to honor them for serving, and how thankful we are for them serving the country," senior Emily Moore said.

From a moving tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice with the singing of "Angel Flight" by a former graduate, to a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, it's a reminder of giving all for their country. "It's never enough thanks but we do our best. We think about what our veterans did for us, the ones that didn't come back and how they served us and we want to serve them in the best capacity we can," Sullian South senior Jared Jenkins said.

Doing your best for your country deserves our best 'thank you'.