"It felt good but also kind of sad." That's how Thaddeus Stevens School fourth-grader George Turnbaugh described the ceremony with Lyndonville VFW on Veteran's Day. The students laid a wreath and read a poem to the American soldier heroes, and led the attendees in singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee."
School director Julie Hansen said, "We think it is important that our students understand the sacrifices that have been made on their behalf. Whatever people think about war itself, we are obligated to honor those young men and women who answer the call to serve the nation in the most fundamental way."
"We want to make history real for our students," says Global Studies teacher Kelli Kazmarski. "How do we do that without acknowledging our military participation in global issues."
"I felt proud to lay the wreath," said Colby Switser. "They saluted us," comments Gwen Lantagne, "that felt really good."