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ETX students take time out of school day to honor veterans

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WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) -

Students across East Texas took time out of the school day to honor our veterans Monday.

Many schools put on special programs. One of those took place at Whitehouse Junior High.

In a veteran-filled gymnasium, the students took a moment to honor the veterans who have served our country.

The choir and the band performed their most patriotic tunes like The Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. The audience was full of men and women representing each branch of the armed forces. As a branch's march was played, many veterans stood with pride.

While the students listened to an educational speech, veterans like SLC Willie Brown reflected on their time in the military.

"I had an opportunity to meet a lot of people and be a part of various cultures. That was very educational to me,"  he said.

Brown said the program brought back many memories and a mix of emotions.

"The Vietnam veterans are getting the credit they so deserved a long, long time ago," he said.

James Newsom, Ph.D, and senior lecturer at The University of Texas at Tyler, gave the students a brief history lesson. He reminded the audience that while we have special days like today to say thanks, we should strive to take care of our veterans needs every day of the year.

"They put it all on the line for us and now is our opportunity to give back to them," he said.

Department chair and history teacher Colleen Conn organized the program. As a military wife, she says it's important for students to understand what service men, women and their families go through for our country.

"I want the students to understand the patriotism, the love of our country and let that influence how they become citizens later in life," she said.

This was the ninth annual Veterans Day program at Whitehouse Junior High. Veterans from multiple retirement communities in East Texas were bussed to the event held in their honor.

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