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SBHS holds Veterans Day observance

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Veterans Day is not a day off for most school kids in Vermont, but many schools -- including South Burlington High School -- marked the occasion by making it a learning experience.

"I didn't even know where Vietnam was in 1968 to be honest with you," said Bruce Boozean, an Army veteran.

Veterans recalled to students experiences that left many traumatized. "I don't think I talked about it until maybe 7 or 8 years ago -- 10 years ago. It's one of those things you just kind of put in the back of your mind," Boozean said.

Students thanked the military men and women who have fought for our country and remembered family and friends who have gone overseas to serve. "It's just important to take time to honor them," said Morgan Mahar, a junior at South Burlington High School.

Speakers included a former South Burlington High School student who joined the Army before attending the University of Vermont. A current student shared memories of her uncle's decades of service and thanked those who continue to fight. "Thank you for everything you do, it means a lot to us. Even if we don't show it, it means a lot to us," said SBHS junior Morgan Mahar.

Major General Steven Cray oversees more than 4,000 members of the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. He says it's important for every generation to remember wars fought -- past and present. "It's important that we take this day to say thank you, and that's really what we're doing is just saying thank you to the thousands of Veterans who serve us, Vermonters," Cray said.

And for those who serve in the Green Mountain state and across the nation, Veterans Day is the day we all gather to say thank you.

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