Second Graders Honor Veterans

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For the second graders at Copenhagen Central School, Memorial Day is a big deal - worth bringing in the band for a parade. 

They're setting out to honor veterans buried at Riverside Cemetary in Copenhagen. 

They place a flag at each gravesite.

It's a tradition started by teachers that has continued for 14 years.

"We try to make little patriots out of them," said teacher Karen Reed.

It seems to be working.

The second graders we spoke with say they are happy to do their part to honor veterans.

"It's important because it's like celebrating for the veterans who sacrificed their lives for our country," said Nicol Chereshnoski.

"I think it's pretty cool because it's honoring all the veterans that have died," said Seth White.

The kids get some help from the local American Legion. 

Veterans say it's touching to see the younger generation learning about patriotism.

"I'm very proud of our school children that's been taking the time to come down and realizing what they're dong and marking the graves.  It's a good tribute to the veterans," said Lewis Nicol, a World War II veteran.

This year the marking of the graves was especially meaningful. 

Local veteran William Snyder had a big hand in helping to collect flags for the children to place in the cemetery. 

He passed away last week in an ATV accident.

Friday, July 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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