SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — In honor of Veterans Day on Friday, the Brown School in Schenectady opened their doors to the community to honor both local veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces during a special ceremony Thursday morning.
The Brown School has been doing this for a number of years and it has become a very popular and touching event for the community.
The day is all about remembering those who have paid the ultimate price for our country, and those currently on active duty.
It gives students a chance to talk with those who have served, for a first-hand perspective on the armed forces experience.
Among those honored were John and Karen McKenna, whose son Captain John McKenna III, was killed in the line of duty.
“One of the things I was pushing for a long time was, to get the youngsters to see what Veterans Day is like and the best way to do that is, to have them just talk to veterans [and] understand their life experiences,” said John McKenna.
Students are also raising money for an organization coined “Pets for Patriots” that pairs pets from local animal shelters with veterans.
Students walk laps and for each one completed, they’ll have the opportunity to throw their own coins into a bucket.