Veterans Day celebration at Montessori at Franklin Elementary

Students were able to bring family members who have served or are still serving in the military.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 8:22 AM
Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 9:28 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The 92nd Honor Guard visited Montessori at Franklin Elementary School to celebrate Veterans Day.

Students were able to bring family members who have served or are still serving in the military.

Veterans in the 92nd Honor Guard were able to share their stories with the students as well as their appreciation of the flag.

"It's one thing to see them in person, it's another to read about them in a book," Tommy Carey, a veteran in the 92nd Honor Guard, said. "You can't equate it so it's our opportunity to educate our youth, the kids of today and instill hopefully within them an image and a pride that they are here."

Whether they were in the Honor Guard or just there as a student's guest, the veterans appreciated being honored by the kids.

"When the young children see us even on the street or in a store, if they see us in a uniform, those little kids will come up and say 'thank you for your service.' And that's just happened in the last maybe 10 years or so," Gene Eiden, a veteran in the 92nd Honor Guard, said. 

"It's neat to get honored now because when I got out of the service, there was no honor from Vietnam," Wesley Mills, a veteran and grandparent of one of the students, said. "It was just I came to a stranger in a strange land when I got out. Had to make all new friends and everything. Never got thanked until lately, so that's cool."

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