Honoring our veterans Submitted: 11/12/2014
Story By Jeanine Ilacqua

Honoring our veterans
EAGLE RIVER - Yesterday, many Veterans Day Ceremonies got cancelled due to the snowy weather.

But, many towns took time today to honor our Veterans.

The entire Northland Pines School District gathered to honor veterans. The assembly included a surprise for veterans. The Northland Pines School District Staff dedicated two tickets for the honor flight. The football team and the fire department each donated a ticket as well.

"We feel it is important to honor our area veterans and get out to Washington DC to see the monuments that have been dedicated to them," said Eagle River Area Firefighter Michael Anderson.

Four veterans were surprised with tickets including John Stepka.

"I feel greatly honored myself. I simply served. I didn't go overseas and I didn't do anything heroic," said Air Force Veteran John Stepka.

On this Veterans Day, he wants to remind people to thank those that are serving or have served.

"It does seem like in the past so many people have forgotten what veterans do and what they are for. I am just happy to be here," said Stepka.

And, teachers want students to understand the veterans' sacrifice.

"As a district, we are really involved in the community. We support veterans. We think it is important to instill a sense of pride and patriotism in all of the kids," said second grade teacher at Eagle River Elementary Sarah Simac.

They start educating students when they are young.

"We started having students impacted by family being gone. We said, 'We need to make sure people know what is going on in these kids' lives so we can support them,'" said first grade teacher at Eagle River Elementary Nanci Foster. "We hear from veterans who said 'We have never been thanked for our service. We've never felt so important or so honored.'"

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