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      Austin Middle School honors area veterans

      Austin Middle School for the past six years has hosted, "Take a Veteran to School Day". A day dedicated to honoring our veterans. Pronews 7 is featuring the program in the Region 16 Spotlight on Education.

      Austin Middle School was filled with patriotic music as the school honored area veterans. It's a tradition that started six years ago by Suddenlink and the History Channel.

      "We're really excited and proud to honor our local veterans while educating students about the importance of Veterans Day," said Suddenlink Director of Operations, Lauren Walker.

      "One of the big things is that they're normal people. They're your grandpa, father, uncle, brother. We're out there and veterans deserve one day a year where they're recognized for their sacrifice," said Retired U.S. Army Captain, Mark Gilbreath.

      The school is recognizing those sacrifices by bringing in guest speakers, singing songs, reading poems, applauding those veterans in the audience and a taking a moment of silence while taps played.

      "It means a lot, I mean I had veterans, I had ancestors die in battle some of them lived. It feels great to get to be a part of it and watch and see all the veterans there," said 8th grader, Casey Orsak.

      "It helps them remember how special they are and gives them an opportunity to remember everything they did for us," said 8th grader, Anna Bahn.

      A program to pause and reflect on the brave men and women who have given so much for our freedom and country, even laying down their lives.