Veterans stress service to country at West Aurora High School gathering

Local veterans are honored during Sanchez Elementary School's Veterans Day celebration

Dean said OH is home to more than 800,000 veterans, and encouraged students and others in attendance at the event to honor and respect those who have served.

Along with moments of silence and saluting veterans, students decorated halls as Walls of Honor, showcasing photos of family members whom served in the military.

In the first year, the school raised $650, the cost for one honor flight for a veteran of World War II, Korea or Vietnam.

"As educators, we are fortunate to have such a strong veteran presence in Howard County", said Martirano in a statement.

This is the third year in a row Staley students have done this, and the number of kids taking part grows every year. "I think that is what makes our Veterans Day assembly so special, because the veterans are actually relatives of our students".

"We're out here in the freezing cold just to give back", Staley senior Joseph Ramos said.

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The veteran stopper ranks among the greatest players in USWNT history, winning two Olympic gold medals and the 2015 World Cup. That year, Solo was onstage to present FIFA's women's world player of the year to her teammate, the striker Abby Wambach .

One teacher said that while students honor our heroes, they also learn about why honoring our veterans is so important.

"Today is really a day about honoring the wide variety of men and women who served our country", Webb said.

An event filled with songs and speechs was to pay tribute to our veterans. "I just can't imagine what they're doing for us overseas right now, fighting for our freedom and giving us their best". ROTC, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Ben Wahlstom, student council president says, "Each year, student council does this and it is very rewarding, but also honorable the veterans, they do a lot for us".

At the program's end, the student body of about 700 waved small US flags as they joined in singing along to a recording of the song "Proud to be an American".

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