(WHTM) – Schools across the Midstate are teaching students about the meaning of Veterans Day, but some schools aren’t just teaching it.
One of these schools is Saint Patrick School in Carlisle. Many of the students there are children of active military members of the Army War College or other branches.
School families and community members gathered Friday for a parade with War College flags representing various nations. There were also further presentations and a photo tribute.
abc27 asked the students what the event means to them.
Some talked about how their family members served in the military.
“My grandfather was in the army. I’ve looked up to him my whole life,” eighth-grader Wyatt Clark said. “And I’m so proud of myself. I come here and can do this with all my friends. It feels really good.”
Others spoke about how inspiring the event was for them.
“It feels kind of inspiring because it makes me feel even more excited inside to go out and thank people, along with my classmates too,” said Omar Balas, another eighth grader.
A third student spoke about the gratitude she feels toward veterans.
“They mean a lot. They serve for our country, they gave up everything to serve us, and they had to leave their families to serve us,” said Olivia Neidlinger, a third eighth grader.
Saint Patrick School also did more to serve military families outside of Friday’s event. The school was recently awarded the Purple Star Award.
The Purple Star Schools program recognizes schools that do a particularly good job of supporting military-connected children as they move from place to place with their families.