Students honor veterans (with photos)

By Casey Killian
By Haley Burton

Students honor veterans (with photos)

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Homer Brink Elementary students invited family and friends who have served our country to a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

The school hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration.

Early kindergarten through second graders extended a special invite to family members, neighbors and friends who have served our country through military service to attend.

Nearly 60 veterans attended including Marc Schott, who was invited by his niece.

"It's nice to be recognized by such a young group. It makes me feel humble and proud at the same time," said Marc Schott, Sgt. First Class, Army National Guard, "To have my own family want me to come out to something like this feels really nice and for the community to do something like this is just great."

There was patriotic music and poetry prepared and read by students. Each veteran was recognized individually with their name, rank and branch of service.

"It's important for kids to realize what we have here and freedom isn't free. People that we love and care about and that are close to us, have fought for our freedom and it's important for them to see that and be proud of what their family stands for," said George Asfoury, Assistant Principal.

Veterans invited by students but unable to attend will be recognized on Homer Brink's Wall of Honor.