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Pace High School veteran's Day celebration
PACE -- Veteran's Day isn't officially observed until Monday, but some schools are hosting events this week. They're honoring those who've served, and teaching the students why remembering veterans is important.
Different ages... Different eras... Different wars... All were honored today at Pace High School. It's part of their annual tribute to Veteran's Day and the military in our community.
Pace High has been hosting events like this for 14 years. Today's theme, "Old Fashioned Salute to Freedom," included a luncheon and pep rally style bash. It benefits all who attend.
Retired Marine Antonio Gibson says, "It makes it worth it when you're over there in a foxhole thinking that nobody cares about you, and then you get back home and people do this kind of stuff for you, it's very appreciated."
His wife, Gunnery Sergeant Jessenia Gibson agrees. "It's awesome. Because we have a lot of veterans that came before us. I appreciate their time in the service because if it wasn't for them we wouldn't be where we are today."
These events help the students understand, too. "The brave of our community have given their lives to supporting our country and making sure we're free so it's important that we show them support," says Pace HS Junior Grayson Holzworth.
Pace High School is known as the "Home of the Patriots," which is a fitting title for a school that strives to instill patriotism in its students.
Stephanie Jernigan-Watson teaches Social Studies. She says, "Government changes, you know, politics, but the kids need to know that freedom isn't free. And we send people into harm's way whether we agree with it or whether we don't and they secure our freedom and they make America, America, and I thank God for that."
Retired Marine and parent Chris Holzworth is proud of the school. "For Pace to have this every year ,it's really a symbol of what it means, that they'll never forget the sacrifices and service of veterans, and they'll never take for granted what it feels, what it takes to be free."
The goal of the program today was to give the future of America a real life connection to the servants of the past. So far, so good.