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Nacogdoches school program links veterans, students

Autumn Arriolla, 8, asked her great grandfather James Derr to attend Take A Veteran To School Day at Fredonia Elementary. Autumn Arriolla, 8, asked her great grandfather James Derr to attend Take A Veteran To School Day at Fredonia Elementary.
Ryleigh Adams, 5, calls her dad, Brian Adams, her hero. Ryleigh Adams, 5, calls her dad, Brian Adams, her hero.
Bruce Morris, a retired corporal in the U.S. Army was the guest speaker at Fredonia Elementary Take A Vet To School Day. Bruce Morris, a retired corporal in the U.S. Army was the guest speaker at Fredonia Elementary Take A Vet To School Day.
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

A person is never too young to learn about military service. Case in point, the "Take a Veteran to School Day" successfully links veterans and students nationwide. 

It happened Friday at Fredonia Elementary in Nacogdoches. 

Most children are learning the word "veteran."

Then there are those like Ryleigh Adams. She's only 5, but proudly wears her sentiments about the veteran in her life. 

"My Daddy saves people and takes care of me. And takes care of everyone," Ryleigh said.

Brian Adams served in both the Marine Corps and the Army doing two tours in Iraq. He believes the program is teaching his daughter an important lesson. 

"To have pride in their country for the most part and just to grow up to be outstanding citizens," Adams said.

Eight-year-old Autumn Arriolla brought a veteran to school. Yes, James Derr served in the military, but his real service in life is happening right now. 

"This is my great granddaughter," Derr said. "She lives with us and we've been taking care of her. She wanted me to be here and I like to be involved in her life too, so I have nothing else to do, but be with her."

The History Channel and Nacogdoches sponsors Suddenlink support Take a Vet To School so veterans can share their stories with younger generations.

Gratitude follows which can spark the emotions of even the toughest military veteran.  

But for two little girls they have a heart full of love for their special veterans.

The Veterans' Day Parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office. 

Following the parade, it will provide a luncheon for veterans and their guests starting at 11 am. The luncheon will be held at First Methodist Church located at 201 E. Hospital Street in downtown Nacogdoches. The church is located near the Hotel Fredonia.

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