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Bryan Elementary honors veterans with patriotic celebration

PLANT CITY Veterans were treated to breakfast and praised by students for their service to the country at an annual tribute at Bryan Elementary School.

The festivities at the school pavilion included a presentation by the Durant High School color guard, patriotic songs by Bryan’s Bulldog chorus and essays read by students.

The school, including teachers, staff members and students, have honored local veterans for about a decade.

“It’s just real important to remember the sacrifices they made and their willingness to sacrifice,” music director Louis Bloodworth said.

The Nov. 8 activities were planned by Bloodworth and teachers and staff members who serve on the school’s Veterans Day committee.

“I’m very thankful to the other teachers who helped out,” Bloodworth said, explaining that a great deal of planning goes into the event, which includes teaching kids the significance of Veteran’s Day.

“The teachers are a big part of that,” he said. “They talk about what the day means before they (the students) come out here.”

Bloodworth, whose father was a World War II veteran, said some students have a parent who is a veteran.

“We try to improve it every year,” said Bloodworth of the celebration, “and think of something we can do to honor them.”

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