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Students honor veterans, country at school gatherings
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Bob Long walks with his grandchildren Erin Murrath, 8, and Lauren Murrath, 11, during a veterans walk at DaVinci Academy on Wednesday. Long is a veteran of the Korean War. - photo by Erin O. Smith
The halls of DaVinci Academy ring with the sound of young voices chanting “USA! USA! USA!” The Hall County and Gainesville school districts celebrated Veterans Day with programs, receptions and other events welcoming and honoring local veterans. DaVinci and World Language Academy students donned red, white and blue and gathered in the DaVinci gym for a program that included patriotic singing, guest speakers and an aerial salute. “We are here today to honor our heroes, to remember their achievements, their courage, their dedication, and to say thank you for their service,” said Brittney Bennett, World Language co-principal.