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Students learn about American greats in Veterans Day program

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Allie Sullivan plays the Statue of Liberty during the Veterans Day program at Grandview Elementary Tuesday morning.
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Amelia Earhart, played by Samantha Scholl, talks about her experiencesas a pioneer woman pilot during Tuesday’s Veterans Day program at Grandview Elementary School.
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The Fayette County Honor Guardat Grandview Elementary.
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Studentsat Grandview Elementary place their hands over their chests as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

Great Americans including Amelia Earhart, Colonel Sanders and Larry Bird showed up at Grandview Elementary School’s Veterans Day program Tuesday. Students played those roles as the school honored military veterans.

The Fayette County Honor Guard started the program, placing the American flag next to the stage.

Allie Sullivan appeared as the Statue of Liberty. Later, she said, “I think Veterans Day means you honor veterans who fought for our country and saved us.”

Several students portrayed Indiana celebrities followed by 5th and 6th graders singing “50 Nifty United States.”

Students stood and clapped for the veterans who attended. Then the “Armed Forces Melody” was played, including music for each branch of the military.

Students said Veterans Day is special.

Taylor Gehring, a sixth grader said, “I think it means that people honor their veterans and what they do for us. I am thankful for them.”

Samantha Scholl said, “I think it means we honor our veterans for what they have done because they served and risked their lives for us. I think that we should appreciate that.

Grace Kibbey agreed, saying, “I think that Veterans day is a very special day because sometimes veterans don’t get appreciated very much every day and today is a special day we can celebrate them.”

The Honor Guard ended the program with Taps as students left the gym in silence.

Fayette County schools will celebrate Veterans Day this week and on Monday, which is Veterans Day.

n Everton Elementary: Wednesday at 1:15 p.m.

n Maplewood Elementary: Thursday at 1:15 p.m.

n Fayette Central Elementary: Friday at 10 a.m.

n Frazee Elementary: Friday at 1:15 p.m.

n Eastview Elementary: Monday at 1:15 p.m.

In addition, veterans and community members are invited to a Veterans Day program at Connersville Middle School. Veterans may choose to wear their uniform or civilian clothing.

The program will be 3:05-3:30 p.m. Monday in the CMS auditorium. The CMS Choir will be singing Thank You, Soldiers, the Armed Forces Medley, and Song for the Unsung Hero. Veterans will be given thank-you cards made by CMS students. Adam Dolfi will play taps on the trumpet.