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3 generations of military visit East Texas school

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JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - They sacrificed years of their life to fight for the flag. It is an act of service civilians can rarely relate to, but can always thank.

It was an ode to the red, white, and blue - a salute by student song to soldiers past and present.

"I look at them and think, 'Oh my gosh! I was just that age not too long ago,' and to think, wow, they could be doing this soon, too, if they choose to is neat looking at them," said 1st Lt. Holly Childs.

We first met Childs in November, capturing the moment her message reached family in Jacksonville. Tuesday, she was on the front row as students honored service and her unique heritage.

"My grandfather served in the Navy, my other grandfather served in the Army and my dad was a Marine," said Childs.

Three generations sat side by side.

"Oh it's great," said retired PFC Glenn Horn, Child's grandfather. "Not all families have that and we happen to have one and it was just great. It really was."

Veterans from nearly every branch and every recent war were present, passing history to those who could potentially take their place.

"I always had a love for country a love for the flag and I think that this experience here today made me realize that there is a lot of hope for this nation," said retired Army Lt. Col. Jerry Lindsey.

"It means a lot to me," said 4th grader, Hayden Hilcamp. "They fought all night and all day but the flag was still there."

It is a symbol of our nation moving forward.

"It's not just me, it's not my daughter, its my dad and my great grandfather and generations back that made this nation," said retired USMC Sgt. Dan Childs, 1st Lt. Child's father.

And, two of those people made the day for an Air Force lieutenant.

"For all of us to sit here together and experience this program together, my dad was on one side my grandfather was on the other...it was awesome," said 1st Lt. Childs.

Childs will be spending the next two weeks with her family in Jacksonville. Childs will be returning to her base in Idaho where she will await her next deployment.

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