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Veterans honored at Redwood Coast Montessori

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MANILA- With Veterans Day being a day away, some of the youth in Humboldt County paid their respects to America’s heroes. 

Veterans from wars dating back to World War II came to Redwood Coast Montessori in Manila on Monday for the 6thannual Veterans Tea.  There, veterans shared their experiences with the kids.

"I think that it's good to honor people who have served our country who have basically put their life on the line to protect everyone," said Rune Bluntzer, a sixth grade student at Redwood Coast Montessori.

"Seven percent of our population are veterans or are currently serving, so it's good to stop and remember those people, that these guys are reminded.  Because it's pretty remote from a lot of peoples' existence so it's just a good reminder," said John Calkins, who served as an E4 in the U.S. Navy from 1965-1968.

The veterans gave a message of peace.

"I told them that they need to think all the time that war is no good and we want to be peaceful and get along with ourselves in our own country and with other countries the best we can,"

“I've lost friends.  I have friends who've never been the same so I don't want these children to get to that place," said Darrell Jameson, who was an infantryman in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After the veterans spoke with the kids, the school gathered to sing songs of peace to the vets.

"It's important to honor people who have really made sacrifices for us and for our freedom. That's hugely important.  And also, to understand and to learn about what the reality, what the truth about war really is, and that really, it's not going to fix any problem, it never has, but to be able to have both sides of that so they can make informed choices as they get older," said Kim Bergel, a Resource Aide for Redwood Coast Montessori.

The event concluded with kids serving the vets tea and homemade treats and giving them thank you cards for their service.

"I think it's nice of them and it's nice of them to volunteer their time to try to protect us," said Caden Lewis, a third grade student at Redwood Coast Montessori.