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Photos by Harrison Schmitt Elementary Teacher Mercy Leyba and Mary Alice Murphy

At the Harrison Schmitt Elementary School Veterans' Day program, Jeremy Gonzales, veteran, was the guest speaker. "You guys should be proud. This is one of the best Veterans' Day programs I've seen."

"Today we honor our veterans," Gonzales said. "We enjoy our freedoms because of veterans' sacrifices. It will well worth going into the right, because we know our family and friends are safe. We have a personal relationship with the American flag and the Pledge of Allegiance."

He then read a poem, written by a veteran that was modeled on 'Twas the Night Before Christmas." It was told from the viewpoint of Santa Claus who comes upon a sleeping American soldier, with a floor for his bed in a far-off land away from his family at Christmas.

School Principal Leslie Ormand asked for a moment of silence for fallen soldiers. The first, second and third graders were quiet and still.

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