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Students showcased their respect by serving the veterans breakfast before attempting to serve the group's souls with a series of performances inside the facility's sanctuary. Students showcased their respect by serving the veterans breakfast before attempting to serve the group's souls with a series of performances inside the facility's sanctuary.
Nathan Hepburn Nathan Hepburn
Sergeant Major Thomas Crump Sergeant Major Thomas Crump
Vaughn said students and staff selected Coming Home: A Celebration of Kentucky in the Military as this year's theme. Vaughn said students and staff selected Coming Home: A Celebration of Kentucky in the Military as this year's theme.
Chris Vaughn Chris Vaughn

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Students and staff at Whitefield Academy celebrated Veterans Day early this year by serving those who have served our country.

"Today we're going to be serving them," said Whitefield Academy junior, Nathan Hepburn. "We've got coffee. We've got some casserole to eat and doughnuts."

"This is our 16th annual Veterans Day service," said program coordinator and 11th grade history instructor Chris Vaughn.

Hundreds of local war veterans turned out to Highview Baptist Church Sanctuary for the annual celebration, including Sergeant Major Thomas Crump.

"I've been a Marine for 73 years," said 92-year-old Crump. "I've served in the South Pacific. I was at Pearl Harbor when they bombed it. I've served in combat in Korea. I've served in Vietnam. "

"I like hearing their stories," said Whitefield Academy junior Hunter Owen. "I've always just had a lot of respect for people that serve the country."

Hunter and his fellow students showcased their respect by serving the veterans breakfast before attempting to serve the group's souls with a series of performances inside the facility's sanctuary.

"The veterans always enjoy a rendition of Grand Old Flag that our third and fourth graders do," said Vaughn.

Outside the sanctuary, student artwork decorated the corridor.

"Our hallways are filled with artwork celebrating different themes of each year," began Vaughn. "Each year we reveal a new painting. So our art department is involved. Our drama department is involved. And of course our history department is involved in planning the program and our student speakers."

Vaughn said students and staff selected Coming Home: A Celebration of Kentucky in the Military as this year's theme.

"Just a little bit of recognition," began Owen, "to know that what they did didn't go unnoticed, that people really do appreciate what they did."

The service, however, provided more than just a chance for the students to thank the veterans. It also created an opportunity for the war heroes to thank comrades who were no longer around.

Veterans can light candles in memory of friends and family that they have lost," said Vaughn.

"This is the very best Veterans Day program in the state of Kentucky," began Sgt. Major Crump, "Because there's a lot of love in people's hearts here."

While 11th grade Whitefield Academy students took the lead on the commemorative event, students ranging from third grade to high school seniors all took part in the service.

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