Havelock-area schools honor veterans with ceremonies

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

"It’s awesome," Logan said. "It gives you a great sense of pride and you recognize how proud the children are of their parents. Some of their parents are deployed. The expressions on their faces when we celebrate the veterans is an honor and you can tell how proud they are of their parents."

Retired Marine Turner Bond attended the ceremony at Roger Bell in part because his wife, Sandra Bond, is a teacher’s assistant at the school.

"I’ve been retired like 12 years and sometimes people forget what service you’ve done for the country, but this kind of really makes you feel important. It’s like you get to deposit something with kids," Bond said. "This was awesome."

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Eric Parisi said he was awestruck at the program in which his children participated.

"It’s such a nice community and with so much military here. It’s nice to see all the kids and the teachers and everybody put forth so much. It’s wonderful," he said.

Jennfer Parisi, mother of two of the children, is now out of the military and was also swelling with pride as she stood next to her husband.

"It really makes me proud just to watch them thank veterans and understand what they sacrificed for them and to be so thankful for it," Parisi said. "It’s a very humbling experience. I’m awestruck right now."

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