HORNELL, NY (WENY) - Students and staff from the Hornell School District gathered on the football field Thursday to honor our local veterans.
More than 900 students from K-6th grade donned red, white, and blue, to map out a giant living, breathing American flag.
Teachers say the activity, and photo opportunity is part of a bigger lesson about patriotism and the men and women who are fighting, and who have fought, for our country.
Students also read essays about what patriotism means to them.
"It means to be nice to the veterans and the people that are serving in the war, and say thank you to the ones that have served in the war, and that have died in the war for freedom." 4th grader Nathan McMichael said.
Teachers say the picture of the large human-made flag on the field is something the children will be able to look at as a reminder to always respect our veterans.
Dennis Hall, a United States Marine Corp Veteran from Hornell looked out over the field - trying to find his grandson in the crowd. He sad it means a lot to him to see how much people appreciate him, and the other veterans.
"I'll run in a store or something and somebody will say 'thank you for your service' which is kind of hard to get use to!" Hall said. "Years ago they didn't really do that, and it really hits you, and tears you up, and its nice to have people care about you."
The last time the schools made a living American Flag on the field was in 2008. The teachers say the photo, and the true meaning have stuck with them and the students since.
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