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East Texans honor, reflect on Veterans Day

POSTED: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 - 8:04pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am

For student council members at Jack Elementary, a lesson on Veteran's Day did not come from a book.

TYLER - Veterans Day is one of the most solemn and important days of the year.

Tuesday East Texans paused to say thanks to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and those that continue to give.

For student council members at Jack Elementary, a lesson on Veterans Day did not come from a book; they learned first-hand during a ceremony at Rose Lawn Memorial Park.

"I got very emotional," said one student, "when I saw some of the people crying."

State Representative Leo Berman served 22 active years in the Army and fought in the Vietnam war. He says Veterans Day never gets old. "It's important for our kids, our grandkids, to know why we're a free nation," said Berman. "We're free because of veterans."

Across town at Caldwell Elementary, students danced and sang for about eight veterans of all ages. Dance teacher Dana Septko said the kids proudly displayed photos of family members that served in the military.

Leslie Sandoval attended the ceremony to watch her child perform. She also wore a shirt displaying her step-father on the back. He served in the military and has since passed away.

She says Veterans Day is all about honoring those who gave the most unselfish of gifts. "My step-dad served in the military. He gave his life for our freedom. We're just so proud. I have a brother, sister-in-law and another brother-in-law who are all in the Marines. We're very proud."

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