Wheatland Center School Veterans Day ceremony (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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Alcoa City Schools students formed a giant flag on the high school football field Friday afternoon in an American flag pep rally for Veterans Day.

Students were manning tables at each school in town to raise awareness about Greenlight A Vet and raise money by selling green light bulbs to those coming for parent/teacher conferences.

Some of the event organizers say that they hope the event can be seen as a way for the community as a whole to say thank you to the many veterans, both living and dead, for their service.

The money raised will support Honor Flight.

Noelle Avena told the story of her grandfather, a World War II veteran, and spoke about the importance of thanking veterans.

Students at Royal Valley Middle School in Mayetta spent almost a month making quilts for three local veterans.

The bulbs are $5 but the sentiment may be priceless.

Students got to interact with the veterans and hear about their experiences.

"I dare say", Maass observed, "that there are numerous people, sitting in this gymnasium, who have stepped up to help".

She said third grade students, who would make the trip, will be involved in fund-raising events between now and then.

"I couldn't help but think", Nelson said, "that the reason I had so many opportunities in the first place was because of the men and women who served our country".

Attendees applauded the veterans and active duty service members.

"My mom also served as a captain in the Air Force", said SLHS student Hannah Potts.

"The students and our Veterans Day committee wanted to do something different, and a lot of these veterans, especially the ones returning during the Vietnam War, didn't receive a parade", Howe said.

"I'm obviously very happy that I stuck with it and I'm here today", she said.

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