Thursday, 09 November 2017 16:37

Searsport schools honor Veterans Featured

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SEARSPORT - Freedom isn't free, but those who sacrificed to make sure all of us can enjoy it were in the spotlight today as students in Searsport honored veterans in a special way.


The schools started preparing in September for their fourth annual veterans day remembrance celebration.


Music teacher Katie Bailey said "As it got closer we started adding some of the poetry reading and some of the students had to audition for the poetry reading."


Students feel proud to be a part of such a special day.


3rd grader and Cub Scout Evan Cottrell said "It means a lot to me cause both of my grandpas served in the U.S. Army."


"I think the students get emotional when they see their family member here and when they're singing for their family member, and to see the pride in their family member's face" said Bailey.


One veteran says he can't help but get goosebumps and teary eyed when he see's the kids up there singing and performing their acts.


U.S. Navy Veteran Hollis Bailey said "Just outstanding we come to every one and the kids they just work so hard. It makes us feel just great."


He says he's glad students get to learn about the history of veterans day. "It's good to know that they have an idea about what we've done and everything is served."


"At the end there were a lot of hugs with some tears as the students were hugging their veteran family member" said Bailey.


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