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Palm Harbor Middle School honors veterans

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At Palm Harbor Middle School, the Veteran's Day program, is a big production. So big, the school has two ceremonies to accommodate all the students and visitors. The 29th Veteran's Day Ceremony, held in the courtyard, started just like most others; presentation of the Color Guard and the pledge of allegiance. 

Col. Pamela J. Hoyt, U.S. Army took the stage and spoke about how importance military service is today. Although Hoyt gave a touching tribute, it's what happened after the speeches concluded, that was really different.

After the ceremony, students and guests brought carnations to the "Wall of Remembrance." The wall, filled with 800  handwritten names, has been a school tradition since 1986.

"We give students a slip of paper in social studies class in September and have them write names of family members or friends in the military," Jenkins said.

Jenkins then spends two months writing more than 800 the names out for the wall. She loved the wall as a student, and it means even more now that she's a teacher.

"I have a best friend serving in Afghanistan," Jenkins said. "I also have family. We just want them to know that here at Palm Harbor Middle we're thinking about them."

Student, Keon Brown, brought up a carnation and placed it by his dad's name.

"He was in the Marine Corps for 20 years," Brown said. "He's still here but it means a lot to me that he served."

Next year will be the 30th year for the "Remembrance Wall."


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