Central High School teacher Barbara Allen's son and husband are veterans. "I know what it means, sacrifices, their willingness to do that so that our grandchildren and families have freedom to live in a country like this," says Barbara Allen.
Now Allen wants her students to know about the sacrifices veterans made for this country. "For them to understand, they have to know the cost of freedom," says Allen.
She says her students know their freedom came at a price, so Friday, they honored service men and women by decorating the Central campus with patriotic posters, American flags, and yellow ribbons. The decorated posters and American flags may be decoration for someone passing by the Central campus, but the small gesture means so much more to the men and women who served.
Retired Gunnery Sergeant Donald Dupree served in the Marine Corps for 20 years. "To stand behind the flag is good for all of us. It makes us all feel good, especially when people respect the people who stand in front of the flag. That just makes the servicemen feel proud. You can't describe it. It's an inner feeling you get," says Dupree.
"We appreciate everything they did. We want to say thank you, thank you, thank you," says Allen.