LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - While some students were out of school on Veterans Day, students from Grand Lake School in Cameron Parish paid tribute to their veterans through an annual program.
Students honored their local heroes through patriotic songs such as "America the Beautiful" and "I'm proud to be an American."
The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students made hand made cards that were handed out to the veterans during the program.
Cameron Parish School officials said they use Veterans Day to better educate the students in areas of patriotism and history.
"In every one of our school communities, we have an educational program to not only teach our children the importance of Veterans Day, but also to reach out to the community in honoring those veterans," said Stephanie Rodrigue, the superintendent of Cameron Parish Schools.
In addition to educating the students, the program also touched the veterans in the audience.
"Sitting in the audience I remembered when I was in school singing like that," said Charles Morgan, a retired Marine Corps veteran. "I never knew I would be on the other side of it though."
Morgan said listening to the students took him back the reason why he decided to join the Marine Corps 43 years ago.
"After listening to a few of my friends who were over seas, I just felt like I wasn't doing enough so I quit college and joined the military like my father did," said Morgan.
Morgan's uncle and three sons are also Marine Corps veterans. Morgan's son Marcus Morgan remembers the reason why he decided to join the military.
"There was never really a doubt that once I graduated from high school I was going to be going into the Marine Corps to be a part of something more than yourself," said M. Morgan.
The veterans said they hope to the same message out to the students this Veterans Day.
"The young ones have a sense of dedication as we did," said Morgan. "It just brings us back a time when we did it. Now I'm on the other end so it's an honor."
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