Students pledged allegiance Friday to a country for which many have pledged their lives.
Each year in the days leading up to Veterans Day, Atlantic Christian Academy invites veterans to an assembly honoring those who have served.
"We're like no other country and we want the students to know the sacrifice was made to have what we have here," said Chief School Administrator Karen Newman.
One by one veterans told their stories, hoping to relate to an audience from a different generation.
"The whole history of all wars has got to be remembered by the students of today," said Korean War veteran Dick Squires.
"It's important that we don't forget where we've been so we don't repeat the same mistakes again," echoed Vietnam veteran Marco Polo Smigliani.
Students treated veterans to musical performances and presented them with gifts to let them know that they are and will be remembered.
"If it wasn't for them we may not have the rights and liberties that we have or the freedoms and things that we stand for and life would be extremely different if it wasn't for them," said Atlantic Christian junior Sam Karabashian.
"So many times I just pass over what they actually do for us and I don't actually realize that their ccommitmentand loyalty and what they do is just amazing," said junior Paul Jones.
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