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Veteran’s Applauded At Rockfish River Elementary

[ 0 ] November 11, 2008 |
Photos By Tommy Stafford : A RRES youngster waves his American Flag as Veteran Paul Saunders of Piney River speaks in the background from the podium.

Photos By Tommy Stafford : A RRES youngster waves his American Flag as Veteran Paul Saunders of Piney River speaks in the background from the podium.

Afton – Nelson County, Virginia
By Tommy Stafford
At a time when most schools across the nation seem to be curtailing patriotic ceremonies, not Rockfish River Elementary (RRES) in Afton, Virginia. For years they have put on their annual program to honor veterans of past and present battles. “It’s important for youngsters to meet these men and women, and to hear their stories,” Nita Hughes, principal at RRES told me as the ceremony was about to begin.

A RRES student studies the flag as the ceremony starts.

A RRES student studies the flag as the ceremony starts.

Students march out onto the gym floor with the American and Virgina State Flags.

Students march out onto the gym floor with the American and Virgina State Flags.

The Nelson County High Marching Govs Band put on a special performance at the event.

The Nelson County High Marching Govs Band put on a special performance at the event.

A trumpeter with the band plays taps to the crowd.

A trumpeter with the band plays taps to the crowd.

Students wave flags at Tuesday's ceremony.

Students wave flags at Tuesday's ceremony.

A WWII Veteran takes the opportunity to embrace a fellow service member in today's military.

A WWII Veteran takes the opportunity to embrace a fellow service member in today's military.

David Snyder from Nelson County, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, looks on as a youngster hugs another vet at the RRES ceremony.

David Snyder from Nelson County, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, looks on as a youngster hugs another vet at the RRES ceremony.

Veterans from all branches of the military were on hand for the ceremony at RRES.

Veterans from all branches of the military were on hand for the ceremony at RRES.

The NCHS band performed their regular half time show for the crowd.

The NCHS band performed their regular half time show for the crowd.

Paul Saunders greets the crowd after the ceremony.

Paul Saunders greets the crowd after the ceremony.

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