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Pictures and report by Travis Gumphrey

A PLATOON of armed-forces veterans went back to school on Tuesday – but this time it was as the VIP guests of an admiring Class of 2025!
Third-graders at Heights elementary school in Texas City welcomed 58 veterans for the second Meet Me For Lunch event in their school’s Thanking Our Veterans program.

VetsLunch1Samuel Torres answered Heights third grader questions about his time in the Marine Corps. Torres, above, served two tours in Iraq during the battle for Fallujah and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The program, which is funded by a grant from Texas City ISD’s Foundation For The Future, is spearheaded by retired Heights teacher Karyn Marshall and her husband, Bill.
They began the project in 2013 and have been supported since by several colleagues who teach the children the value of the veterans’ service to their country.
“They go over the timeline of wars, branches of the military, patriotic symbols and days and much more,” Karyn Marshall said, adding that they are now working to resubmit the grant in order to continue the project in the future.

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Among other activities, the program invites vets of conflicts from World War II to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to have lunch with the students and talk about what it means to serve the country and be a patriot.

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Later this school year, the students will also take part in a patriotic assembly with veteran speakers, a musical performance and a program finale when they accompany veterans to the Galveston Memorial cemetery to place flags at more than 500 veteran gravesites.

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