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Support from North MS for veterans buried at Fairview; West Vets Day event Nov. 9

Retired Army Colonel Dave Hughes speaks at the annual Veterans Day assembly in November 2017 in the West Middle/Elementary School gym. Later in his talk, Hughes taught that a form of respect for veterans is to stand before them and hold a salute, "and they will salute you back."
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Oct. 27, 2018
       North Middle School teacher Esther Smith is leading an initiative to honor the veterans buried in Fairview Cemetery.
       A veteran herself, she took students to the cemetery for Veterans Day in 2017, placing small American flags on about 450 graves where - based on research by herself and others - people who served in the military have been buried.
       Writing about the school effort, Smith said that it “has had a tremendous impact on the students at North [in helping] veterans' sacrifices to be remembered.”
       She is continuing the honoring mission this year. North eighth-graders will again be placing flags on Veterans Day and participating in a cemetery cleanup in March, according to Smith.
       A current, related project is called Wreaths Across America. Her goal is to place wreaths on Fairview's military graves in mid-December. Fundraising is under way - the cost for one wreath is $15 - and the deadline is Dec. 1.
       Volunteers are also needed to help place the wreaths, Smith said.
       For more information, she can be reached at North at 328-2459.
       In other support for the military, West Elementary and Middle schools will hold their annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m.
       The joint assembly in the schools' shared gym will feature guest speaker Sergeant Major Tony J. Liles of the Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson.
       Also participating will be the American Legion Centennial Post 209 Honor Guard.
       The public is welcome to attend, but advance RSVP is reaquested at 328-3900.

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