UNION - At BCLUW Middle School, it is stressed to students how important it is to thank a veteran.
This is evident during the annual ceremony honoring area veterans in the school gym in recognition of Veterans Day. Dozens of veterans received flags from students and were thanked for their service Monday.
"The kids do great each year," said Clifford Sams, an Army veteran from Beaman. "I'm just amazed at the leadership they are taking."
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Army Veteran Clifford Sams, of Beaman, is presented a flag from BCLUW Middle School seventh grader Vanessa Drummer during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the school Monday in Union.
Aside from receiving flags, the veterans also got to listen to patriotic music performed by the band and choirs at the school, and poems written and read by students.
"It's pretty cool," said seventh grader Vanessa Drummer of honoring veterans. "They worked hard for our country."
Rosalee Patten, a teacher at the school and organizer of the event, said they have held this event for the past 10 years for three main reasons. She said it educates students about who veterans are, it honors veterans and it showcases the school.
"These veterans are my friends now," Patten said. "They come back year after year."
The featured speaker at the event was Retired Gen. Tommy Franks, who delivered a video message. Franks talked about all the opportunities provided to Americans and the price paid for these opportunities.
"We're able to experience them because brave men and women won those for us," Franks said.
BCLUW Principal Dirk Borgman appeared proud of his students and how this event has been built up over the past decade.
"It's really grown over the years," Borgman said.