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School observes Veterans Day with activities

Posted: November 12, 2013 - 5:17pm
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Members of the Fox Creek High School Marching Band perform during a Veteran's Day program at North Augusta Elementary School Friday afternoon November 8, 2013.  The event featured a performance by the Fox Creek High School marching band and chorus, the North Augusta High NJROTC drill team, and visiting veterans from the North Augusta area. Photos from the event  Michael Holahan /Staff  MICHAEL HOLAHAN
MICHAEL HOLAHAN
Members of the Fox Creek High School Marching Band perform during a Veteran's Day program at North Augusta Elementary School Friday afternoon November 8, 2013. The event featured a performance by the Fox Creek High School marching band and chorus, the North Augusta High NJROTC drill team, and visiting veterans from the North Augusta area. Photos from the event Michael Holahan /Staff

North Augusta Elementary School pupils had a day filled with activities surrounding Veterans Day on Friday.

Pupils had a chance to visit the American Legion Post 71 museum, interact with veterans throughout the day and participate in a Veterans Day program.

“Many of our students and faculty and staff have veterans in their families and this teaches why it’s always important to thank our military for what they have done,” said Principal Laurie Reese.

During the Veterans Day program, members of North Augusta High School’s NJROTC drill team and Fox Creek High School’s band and chorus performed.

Veterans from World War II to the present were in attendance and received rounds of applause in recognition.

The program’s speaker, Maj. Ed Boyd of the 442nd Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon, also recognized the veterans, stating that they are “the reason why I do what I do today” and that they are “supreme role models.”

By schools recognizing Veterans Day through program such as the one held at North Augusta Elementary, it gives children an opportunity to learn the purpose of the day and to appreciate the freedoms they have in this country, said Post 71 Commander Dave Myers.

“They get a feel for how great our country is and how lucky they are to have freedoms such as going to school,” he said.

The program was among several held at schools throughout the North Augusta area.

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