Patriotic Performance For Soldiers In Iraq

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 18, 2008 at 11:50 PM EDT

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq.

And to honor our troops overseas, a group of 2nd graders in the Town of Union are showing their red, white and blue, performing a patriotic concert Tuesday night.

Action News Reporter Julianne Sweeney takes us there.

Songs of patriotism...fill the halls of L.W. West Primary School.

These children, are showing their appreciation for our men and women serving overseas...through music.

"They really do understand the colors, and their flag. They've learned about being American," said Karen Stuart.

The kids are pen-pals with a group of soldiers stationed in Iraq.

One of them...a graduate of L.W. West.

His niece Madison, is one of these 2nd graders.

"I like writing to him because he's my uncle, and I love him," said 2nd Grader Madison Putrino.

"It's just wonderful to have them be able to enjoy this," said Adrienne Putrino.

As special thank-you for the letters, the soldiers sent the children a flag that was flown in Iraq.

The kids even had some very special guests on hand.

The school invited members of the National Guard to serve as a color guard for the concert.

"When a school, it gives us a good reflection of the service that we have for our nation and community," said National Guard member Thomas Daniels.

And it's more than just singing songs.

More than what a textbook can teach you.

"We'll show them that wow, it really does mean people. The flag means people."

It's about their country.

And about the men and women who give them freedom.

The children have been writing the soldiers since Christmas.

Next week, they plan to send another round of letters to Iraq.

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