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Olalla students honor veterans

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Principal Karen Butler warned those entering the Olalla Elementary School to have tissues ready for the assembly presentation.

Crammed in the back in standing room only, parents and veterans filed into the school for a presentation by the students honoring those who have served in the military, and as Butler warned, it was an emotional event.

Family members and uniformed veterans watched as students sang songs, read poems and thanked the individuals for their service.

The service culminated in a song where the students brought each veteran up to the stage with a flower and a hand-made card. Students brought their fathers, mothers, friends and relatives up and stood with them while students sang songs about thanks and prayers for the soldiers to come home safely.

Olalla student Chris East, 11, brought his father, Navy Veteran Chief Thomas East, up to the stage, weaving through the hundreds of students and veterans filling the auditorium.

East said his son’s involvement in this is important to those who have served in the military.

“It makes me know that everyone appreciates the work we do,” Navy Veteran Chief Thomas East said.

East served in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm and remembers his fellow soldiers who are back in the Middle East serving in Iraq. During the Veterans Day Weekend, East said he would think of them, saying, “I’m just hoping they’re safe and come home soon,” East said.

Chris East was excited to honor his dad and others who served.

“I think it’s really great he serves in the military,” he said.

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