Duluth Students Honor Service Members

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 08, 2018 06:50 PM

Recognizing and celebrating service members is what students from the Duluth Edison Charter Schools Raleigh Academy did Thursday to a crowded room of parents, veterans, and staff.

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"If we didn't have veterans then we probably wouldn't have America because we fought for our freedom,” Mara Buhler, a fifth grader from Raleigh, said.

A tradition for the past 17 years, the Veterans Day program had elementary students perform classic patriotic songs like “America the Beautiful,” “My Country 'Tis of Thee,” “Ragged Old Flag,” "This Land is Your Land," and more, as proud parents watched and snapped pictures.

"The first graders singing Yankee Doodle was very entertaining,” Lewis Duncan, a veteran, said.

"They’re filled with so much compassion and when they get to put this program on they really feel proud of what they’re doing for the veterans and active service men and women in the community,” Danielle Perich, the principal of Raleigh, said.

The Duluth Honor Guard also made a special appearance to the Veterans Day presentation.

"We have a lot of kids who have family members that are in the service and it’s just a great way to show we can honor everybody in different ways,” Perich said.

The walls of the school displayed the patriotic art students worked on with drawings of the American flag, the American eagle, and the Statue of Liberty.

The Veterans Day program gives students a deeper understanding of who service members and veterans are and what they do for the country.

"A veteran doesn't have to be someone who fought in the war, but someone who has been a part of our community,” Jeremiah Pond, a fifth grader from Raleigh, said.

Raleigh has been specially recognized for the veteran dedicated presentation.

"We were one of six schools in the state to be recognized for a Promising Practice Award," Perich said. 

A sense of pride and appreciation surrounded the room as community members enjoyed the hard work students put together for the patriotic event.

"It’s a great thing to be thanked, to be welcomed, to see kids, the younger generation, paying it forward and giving respect,” Duncan said.

Students also made a special video explaining Veterans Day and what it means to be a veteran.


Alejandra Palacios

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