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While the morning air was chilly on Veteran’s Day, the hearts of students across District 279 were warm as they paid tribute to and celebrated the sacrifices and services of local military personnel.

More than 30 students from Edinbrook Elementary honored veterans during a breakfast celebration at Hy-Vee in Brooklyn Park. The students performed “The Star Spangled Banner” and other patriotic tunes, and also gave carnations to each veteran in attendance, thanking them for their service.

Additionally, Hy-Vee displayed Veteran’s Day-themed artwork from many Edinbrook students throughout the store, according to the school’s Volunteer Coordinator Yvonne Carter.

“It’s great that we can partner with a community organization like Hy-Vee for Veteran’s Day,” Carter added. “This was a nice experience for our students; I could definitely see this becoming an annual collaboration between Edinbrook and Hy-Vee to support our veterans.”

At Fernbrook Elementary, students spent the past several weeks preparing for their Veteran’s Day assembly. The Nov. 11 event featured Colonel Eddie Frizzell, a Fernbrook parent, who talked about what it means to serve and why teamwork is so important—both in the military and in everyday life.

The school then recognized 80 veterans and active duty personnel who were in attendance, and students performed a medley of eight songs for guests.

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