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Schools in Jefferson County Honor War Veterans

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

Students at several Jefferson County schools spent most of the day acknowledging the accomplishments of America's veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

They sang songs of praise honoring the men and women who fought for our country's freedom. The tribute was especially moving for one veteran who served in three wars.

Charles Clemens, a WWII, Korean and Vietnam vet, says, "Sometimes you wonder if kids today appreciate what we've done for them. It really does make me feel wonderful."

It was a wonderful and powerful ceremony that brought some 200 students and residents together honoring those who answered the call to protect the freedom we all share.

John Nelson, a Vietnam veteran and VFW post commander, says, “Having served in Vietnam, it brings back memories of those comrades that I was able to work with. Some lost their lives and it has a real meaning and it touches me really deep because we went over there together and not all returned.”

But for those who came back, Veterans Day was a clear reminder of how much they mean to this country

Dennis Hallon, a WWII vet, adds, "I wouldn't take nothing for it. If I could do it all over again, I will. I love my country definitely from my heart and I love the people in my country."

This is a country that will continue to honor these brave men and women for years to come.

The event culminated at the elementary school, where the veterans were treated to a special lunch.


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