MASON CITY, Iowa- Students, faculty, families and veterans stood together to sing the National Anthem before veteran speaker Eldon Vine addressed the audience.
“I take it all very seriously and I feel it's my responsibility to help observe it,” says Vine.
Vine spoke about how children can show patriotism and the importance of honoring veterans like himself.
"I think it's important because we need to learn about it and if we don’t learn about it then we won’t know what it's about,” says Adyson Evans, 6th grader.
"They have to sacrifice an entire important part of their life right after they have graduated from high school to technically become an adult, they have to sacrifice that part to help our country and help us be free,” says Jackson Everist.
Everist says he noticed now that he has transitioned to middle school they don't say the pledge of allegiance every day or see flags in every classroom.
“But we have this big veterans day assembly and it seemed like at my elementary school we did it every day but it was smaller but that was not enough to let a veteran know we knew about them."
The students say their takeaway is a deeper understanding of how veterans impact their lives today.
“I hope they learned that veterans actually mean more than they actually thought because they made us free,” says Evans.
"If we don't know why we’re free and who makes us free then we're just like we're free and that's all we really know,” says Everist.