Horseheads, N.Y. (WENY)-- Center Street Elementary School in the Horseheads Central School District paid tribute to veterans and active service members by hosting a parade for them Friday morning.
Dozens of veterans and active service members marched through the halls of the school while students and teachers waved American flags, thanking them for their service. Afterward, students in the school choir performed a concert for the honorees while they enjoyed refreshments. Both veterans and students were happy to be a part of a celebration like this.
"It makes me feel proud that there are people out there who think about the veterans, what we've done for our freedom. It makes me feel proud to be around my brother veterans. God bless everybody, and God bless the U.S.A," says James Clark, who served in the Vietnam War from 1968-1969.
"I think it's so important to honor our veterans because they served our country and the ones who died, died knowing they would die for us," explains Caitlin Yerick, a 4th grader at Center Street Elementary. "I felt happy because they knew that they served the country for us," adds Ellie French, a 4th grader at Center Street Elementary.
WENY's own Nick Quattrini, a former specialist in the U.S. Army, attended the parade as well. The Center Street tribute to veterans has been happening for several years now, and continues to grow each year.