Today, a local elementary school learned about Veterans Day, by preparing a schoolwide tribute to more than a dozen local Veterans.
“For me the [most fun] part was probably swinging my little paper thing in the air, it has all the colors on it: red, white and blue,” said Coral Staley.
Coral and her siblings, were among the dozens of children honoring Veterans at Bowie Elementary School in Harlingen.
But to some children, like Coral, they were not just Veterans.
“I feel very proud about my [grandpa] because he served our country, he gave us freedom,” said Zackary Staley.
For years, Bowie Elementary School has paid a tribute to loved ones who served in the military for Veterans Day.
“Our children need to learn who a veteran is, why they sacrificed so much and where our freedom comes from,” said school counselor Rose Armistead.
Armistead also organized the ceremony for the past few years because she comes from a family of Veterans, including her son and grandfather who attended the ceremony.
“I got a little emotional, especially when the kids started singing their song to us,” said Veteran Kyle Simpson.
“I got a little emotional remembering the fallen, the veterans who couldn’t be here today,” Simpson said, who served in the military for 14 years.
“It’s a wonderful feeling, they’re my life now,” said Veteran Ernesto Perez, holding back tears while hugging his grandchildren who attend Bowie Elementary.
Students and staff decorated hallways, sang songs, made slideshows, gave speeches, and thanked each Veteran in attendance, keeping the tradition of honoring Veterans alive.