D-38 students honor veterans: Veterans stories to be preserved in Washington D.C.

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Veteran's Day celebrations took place all over the region and it wasn't any different for Lewis-Palmer School District 38 schools.

D-38 schools chose to observe Veteran's Day on Nov. 9 with assemblies, receptions and musical tributes. Lewis-Palmer Middle School honored veterans with a breakfast and students read patriotic essays.

“Make sure you thank the veterans for their service,” LPMS Principal Seann O'Connor told students during a Veteran's Day assembly.

Students at LPMS also have a very unique way to honor veterans, a way in which they will be honored for a lifetime. Through the Veteran's History Project, a nationwide project, the oral histories of the veterans will be preserved. Once completed the videos will be sent to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. where they will be cataloged.

“We capture their stories on video. That's really important at our school,” Lewis-Palmer T.V. teacher Mary Diane Deysher said.

LPTV students sat with veterans during the breakfast and got to know them and learned a little bit about their military background. Students scheduled a time to meet with the veterans to video them while they tell their stories.

One of those veterans is Forest A. Daugherty. Daugherty served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He got out of the service in 1955.

“I think it's very important for students to honor veterans,” Daughtery said.

Sal Aswad, who served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps and later in the Air Force, agrees with Daugherty.

“These young people have someone that is connected to the military whether it's a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent. The more they are exposed to military life the more they learn,” Aswad said.