Students Experience Meaning Of Veterans Day

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It all started with a boy who wanted his classmates to know why Veterans Day was more than a day off from school. Students at Frontier Elementary School gathered for a special Veterans Day program Friday.

For some children, it may have been the first time they understood the sacrifice their grandparents made during times of war.

"Dillon Walker, who is a fifth-grader and a student council member, wanted students to understand what Veterans Day was all about," Gail Gorry, FES principal, said.

Working with student council sponsors, Walker prepared a ceremony that included live music from the school choir and local band Sound Doctrine, a slide presentation, a color guard provided by FES Girl Scouts, tributes to honor America's soldiers, and personal invitations to area veterans.

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Members of the United States Marine Corp league participated in Veterans Day ceremonies at the Mazatzal Casino. During the program, the onlookers listened to stirring messages from Payson Mayor Barbara Brewer and several veterans.

During the program, some students found their eyes filled with tears.

"It was very moving," Gorry said. "It was an opportunity for the students to connect to the veterans and understand what it truly means to love your country enough to die for it."

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