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Perry County students help honor veterans

Hazard, Ky. (WYMT)-- Veterans living at the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center got a Veterans' Day honor from local students.

"I think it makes everybody feel good, you know, somebody to recognize them for something," said Kenneth Baird, who served in the U.S. Navy.

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, a playing of "Taps" and songs from third graders at Roy G. Eversole Elementary School.

Buckhorn School's JROTC Program also led the ceremony.

"Just the thought of being a veteran, and to see what they've seen, really makes you open up your eyes and see what they had to go through to be able to be where they are today," said Alex Stokely, who is part of the program and plans to join the Army once he graduates from Buckhorn.

Buckhorn's JROTC leader said young people need a reminder of what veterans do.

"The young people today, they need to realize that, where they've had Iraq and Afghanistan going on so long, it tends to kind of forget what a veteran does," said 1st. Sergeant Bernis Napier, Jr.


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