Students Honor Our Country's Heroes

By Megan Carpenter

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 7:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As Veterans Day approaches, elementary school students honored those who serve our country.

The St. Francis gym was packed with MacArthur students, faculty, staff as well as veterans on Friday.

Students wrote poems, drew pictures, and recited stories symbolizing what a veteran means to them.

Many of the students and staff shared similar feelings today. For some of them, the event hit close to home.

"I've grown up in a military family, so veterans day is very special to me and my family," said Jennifer Tiffany, a fifth grade teacher. "It's always been my passion to make sure the children understand the sacrifice these men and women make."

Rachel Robinson, a fourth grader at MacArthur, watched as her father was honored Friday. She said both of her parents, grandfathers, and many of her uncles served for this country. Also, that all veterans should be honored everyday.

"I think that it makes them feel very good because they should be thanked."

This is the 14 year she and her classmates have recognized servicemen and women. Organizers said last year, they honored about 50 veterans.