STUARTS DRAFT, Va -- Students at Stuarts Draft High School recognized close to 100 veterans on Friday. They served from all U.S. wars, including World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Harding Lonas, a World War II veteran fought in the Pacific and Friday's service took him back to those days.
“It evokes a lot of memories. A lot of memories,” said Lonas.
Lonas served in the Marine Corps for two years and those are two years filled with stories he will never forget.
“I was wondering, 'Should I jump off this ship, or should I go on?'”
He remembered the people he calls his buddies, who fought with him.
“I was so glad I was able to do what little I did do.”
Tyler Britt, a Stuarts Draft High School senior, hoped veterans know how much they are appreciated.
“They fought for us and made sure our independence is free and our country is safe,” said Tyler. “I think they did that for us, and we should give back to them and honor them for what they did for us.”
That was why the school celebrated with music and with speakers, who also shared their stories. Those were stories Lonas appreciated.
“This was fantastic. I personally appreciate it very much,” said Lonas.
The leadership class at Stuarts Draft High School hosted the event and students also honored veterans who served during times of peace.
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