Marksville students honor United States heroes ahead of Veterans Day

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MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB) - With Veteran's Day right around the corner, Marksville Elementary held its annual student-led celebration.

Source: KALB

The school invited US veterans from all wars to come for the event, including retired airman Major General John Bordelon. The local 1020th Engineer Company, 527th Battalion, who recently returned from overseas, was even treated to a homecoming.

The students put on all the parts, including calling soldiers to attention, posting the colors and leading the pledge of allegiance.

Teachers and faculty said it's great to see their students put so much effort into the event.

"We teach our kids perseverance, responsibility, integrity, and respect,” said Marksville Elementary Principal Nicole Gagnard. “And we feel that these guys who have served as veterans and who are currently serving serve as a great role model to our kids. So that's the main reason that we do it. It's all student directed. I don't really know much of what I'm doing here. I'm just following the students’ lead."

This year the elementary school teamed up with the high school. It was held in Marksville High's auditorium, and the band students even lent their talents to the program.

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