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Marion County Schools celebrate Veterans Day by staying in school

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While many schools are closed on Veterans Day, Marion County celebrates the national holiday in a special way — by staying in school.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are involved in the Veterans Day celebration, according to Kevin Christian, the public relations and communication officer for Marion County Public Schools. Involvement includes saying the Pledge of Allegiance, singing the national anthem and reading personal poems.

After speaking with local veterans organizations, Christian said having school allows students to learn about the day. Dozens of volunteer veterans also come into classrooms to talk with students.

“These veterans serve as an inspiration to not only serve their country but to do really well in life,” Christian said.

Christian said this event allows students to “meet with living, breathing history examples.” Students have the opportunity to meet with people who witnessed what they read about in their books.

The event continues to expand: During the 2011 celebration, about 3,000 people participated.

“This is our opportunity as a community and school system to express our gratitude,” Christian said.

Cassandra Vangellow wrote this story for online.

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Ethan is a journalist at WUFT News. He's a Pennsylvania native who found a home reporting Florida's stories. Reach him by emailing emagoc@wuft.org or calling 352-294-1525.

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