Havelock-area schools honor veterans with ceremonies

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Students at Graham A. Barden Elementary School recognized the five branches of the armed services during a Veterans Day ceremony last week. From left, Sgt. Neal Sanders represents the Army, Sgt. Brandon S. Miller represents the Marine Corps, Petty Officer Kenneth McIntosh represents the Navy and Airman Erica Jimenez represents the Air Force.

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Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 01:00 PM.

Havelock students welcomed veterans to their schools to pass along messages of thanks last week.

"I was proud to be in the room as all the veterans here," said fifth-grader Melissa Chris-Anne Bratt, of Roger Bell Elementary. "They’ve done everything for us."

Bratt said she could tell how much the veterans, many of whom were parents of the children, appreciated the program.

"I think they did because I also saw some of them crying up there and it almost made me cry too," Bratt said.

"I didn’t know that some of my friends’ parents were veterans before. I feel very proud because of all the veterans that came out and were here with us today. I felt very proud of that."

In between patriotic songs and other demonstrations of thanks, the children heard a speech from 88-year-old Marine Corps veteran William Franklin Odom, of Havelock.

Outfitted in his dress blues, the retired master gunnery sergeant told the students about his service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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