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Veterans Get a Thank You from Youngest Americans

Country Meadows honors veterans at program designed to teach history along with gratitude.

Students at Country Meadows Elementary School honored veterans Monday afternoon in a ceremony that featured songs and gratitude to veterans past and present.

Principal Gary Goelz said the program has been a regular occurrence at the school for about the past five years, and "gives kids the opportunity to realize what sacrifices have been made for our freedom, and to say thank you to those people who have made that sacrifice."

Grandparents, parents, siblings and friends of students who are veterans were invited to the ceremony, and it seemed that the kids had done their homework on the holiday.

One fourth grade class explained that since the signing of the Declaration of Independence, there have been 48 million veterans who have served, with 6 million veterans today who are living with some type of disability.

A video presentation planned had to be kept to those students and staff that had immediate family in the military, otherwise "we'd be watching the video until Wednesday," according to Goelz.

Students were also asked what veterans have meant to them, and the top three responses were 'freedom, peace, and the chance to live in a better world'.

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