SFA Charter School students learn about veterans' commitment, sacrifice

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - At several Nacogdoches schools children performed a variety of Veterans Day programs. East Texas News' found at the SFA Charter School  a "living lesson" on what it means to be an American.

The kids sang, "Liberty and justice. Liberty and justice."

They're words found in the Pledge of Allegiance. They're not the only two words Founding Fathers and the dads and granddads of today want their youngsters to learn this Veterans Day.

"Those two words are commitment and sacrifice," said Tim Warkentin, a former civil servant at an Air Force base.

Tim Warkentin is committed to his granddaughter, Abigail.  Two days before July Fourth, they visited Philadelphia to catch the patriotic sites.

Abigail Strange, his granddaughter and a student at the SFA Charter School talked about her favorite moment of her trip to Philadelphia.

"Seeing Benjamin Franklin, the big statue of him," Abigail said.

"It helps her as a young person to gain a greater appreciation for this great country that we're privileged to live in," Warkentin said.

A Hall of Honor is connecting youngsters with veterans in their family. Retired Captain Gerald Hook, Lilly's dad, likes the idea.

"I think it's our obligation as veterans and as teachers to instill some sense of pride in the country," Hook said.

Robby Newman, at the SFA Charter School, is all about pride. He's on his way to being ...

"A Marine," Newman said.

But soon Robby will have a true understanding of his Marine brother's commitment.

"My brother is getting deployed in Bahrain," Robby said.  "And I won't be able to see him for a long."

But that is not as sad as the final sacrifice.

"The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life," Bobby said.

The solemn symbolism caught the attention of Lilly Hook. She knows to be thankful to be sitting next to dad.

"I think it's important that schools recognize the veterans who have lost their lives and take some time out of their day to recognize that," Lilly said.

With a little instruction, children are learning they are connected to commitment and sacrifice made by our nation's veterans.

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