Elementary Students At Lowman Hill Celebrate Veterans Day

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Today's Veterans Day Ceremony at Lowman Hill Elementary was held to remind students that the reason they are able to go to school is because of America's veterans.

Russ Hutchins, principal at the school for seven years, said the school has held this ceremony for several years and that the kids get excited about it.

"We really want to say thank you to the veterans. They've given everything to have us go to a free public school, and we appreciate that very much," Hutchins said.

Lowman's boy scouts got the honors of starting the ceremony out by presenting the colors.

Although these kids are in grade school, they understand what Veterans Day is all about.

"The people that fight for our country is something that we should honor and we should represent," Jonathan Alexander Phillip Gadberry said. He was one of the boy scouts that paraded the American Flag at the start of the ceremony. He said he was proud to be a part of it.

Next was a history lesson about the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Hutchins explained to the assembly how Veterans Day got its name and why it is a holiday.

No one was forgotten in the ceremony.

Third and fourth graders sang the songs of each military branch. Veterans from the Marines, the Army and the Air Force were all present, and grateful for the tribute.

Tom Farr, Quarter Master at Topeka's VFW Post 1650, is a World War II veteran. Lowman Hill Elementary was the third school he went to for holiday activities.

"The younger generation really understands a lot more of it and enjoy it too," Farr said. "It's a day to honor the living as well as the dead."

Eskridge, Kansas held its annual Veterans Day events today as well. The big parade to city park was preceded with a complimentary continental breakfast and a flag raising ceremony. A lunch followed.