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.