Graham A. Barden Elementary honors veterans

Published: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 11:31 PM.

“I got that these kids understand what we go through and that they like showing support for our military personnel,” Wimberly said. “Whether their parents are military personnel or not, they are happy that we are serving our country and that they live in a free country.”

Wimberly spent a lot of time taking pictures of his children, who were part of the program.

“I enjoyed the NJROTC stuff and the whole program was outstanding,” Wimberly said. “It teaches them about respect mainly. The more that they respect people who are authority figures the more they will be an asset in life.”

Marine Sgt. Christopher J. Kettler, of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 at Cherry Point, was among those who participated in the program.

“The school definitely supports us in everything we do and we feel it. It helps a lot,” Kettler said. “We can’t do our jobs without the support that we get from the community around here and it makes a huge difference. They support us in everything that we do and we’re grateful for that.”

Kettler has children in first grade and kindergarten at the school.

Jonathan Moores, who serves at the U.S. Coast Guard Fort Macon Search and Rescue Station, has a child in the school and was also in the program.

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