RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Van Rensselaer Elementary School reserved a very special event for veterans Tuesday morning.
Hundreds of students got up on stage to show their appreciation for the men that served our country.
Students were waving handmade paper flags during the event that filled the room with patriotism.
One veteran who definitely felt it was 71-year old Jon Badi.
He says he hasn’t missed one single Veterans Day assembly at the school. In fact, he’s been attending all of them for the past 10 to 15 years.
“I’ve been coming here for the past 10-15 years and from when they were down to the old school right on up to here,” Badi a U.S. M.C Veteran told News 10. “I think it’s fantastic and as always, they bring a tear to my eye.”
Not an empty chair was in sight as teachers, parents and over 400 students filled the auditorium, some singing songs and some reciting poems as part of their dedication.
And the kids know the history of the day.
“We’re honoring the people who sacrificed their lives to give us freedom,” student Abigale Dunlavey told News 10.
“It’s very important if they didn’t protect us, we wouldn’t have all of this,” Adrian Mallory said.
“They gave us the right to do stuff, so we should also give them the right to treat them how they treated us,” Jessica Slingerland said.
“Without them, everyone in America would be poor and we wouldn’t be able to have freedom and do what we want,” Karma Mallory said.
It’s those answers that leave Jon Badi proud, to know students nowadays understand the true meaning of the holiday.