11/8/2013 5:13 PM
by Karen Franklin
FAIRDALE - A Raleigh County school is hoping to teach its young students about the importance of freedom in time for the upcoming Veterans Day holiday.
The student body at Fairdale Elementary School filled their auditorium Friday for a special ceremony to thank men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans from the Beckley VA Hospital and several parents who also served overseas watched on as kids read poems and sang songs.
"I'd tell them, 'Thank you for saving our freedom, and thank you for being here and fighting against the enemy soldiers,'" Paul Lucas said.
Friend Jacob Basham agreed.
"I'd say, 'Thank you for our freedom, and thank you for fighting for us," Basham said.
Senators Daniel Hall and Mike Green presented the school with a new state flag as they thanked veterans for the time they served.
"It's a day to think about why you have your freedom, and who sacrificed their life to give it to you, and even if you didn't go anywhere like to a war or anything, you were there," fifth grader Jackson Trump told WOAY. "You were willing to if it had to happen."