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Windsor pays tribute to WW II vet

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A tribute Monday in Windsor honoring a Vermont veteran, and key figure of the community.

Students performed music to honor U.S. Marine Corps veteran Leon Royce.  He is now in his 90's and fought in World War II.  After serving his country, Royce went on to teach at Windsor and coach baseball -- the ball field there is named after him.  

Royce says there is often a disconnect between students of today and the past wars that help secure the country's freedom. "The Japanese pounding Pearl Harbor and Hitler running his reign of terror.  I think it is important and it is hard for them to understand what is going on I think," Royce said.

"It's the right thing to do, to pay them respect.  The kids might not understand what is going on but they understand these people did something for our country," said Peter Jaarsma, a Windsor 11th grader.

Several of the teachers and staff in the Windsor school district are also veterans.

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