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Updated: 11/15/2013 03:32:07PM

Students honor veterans at elementary school

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Payne Neely-Mace, a third-grader at Meadow Park Elementary School, tries on a gas mask Friday borrowed from the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda. The United States Paratroopers Port Charlotte Chapter brought the items out and explained their significance to the students.

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Tara Sunnarborg's class of third-graders got ready to sing the fight song of the U.S. Army. They performed with four other classes Friday, each of which learned the fight song of one branch of the U.S. armed forces.

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Tara Sunnarborg's third-grade class and the U.S. Paratroopers Port Charlotte Chapter line up along the hall of stars in Meadow Park Elementary School, which honors local veterans, many of whom are relatives of students and teachers.

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Rich Bohnen, former sergeant major in the U.S. paratroopers and substitute teacher at Meadow Park Elementary School, helped fifth-grader Colton Stearns into full paratrooper gear Friday.

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Community veterans were invited to Meadow Park Elementary School on Friday to join a patriotic celebration.

The day provided an exchange between local veterans, who brought gear borrowed from the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda, and students, who performed military fight songs.

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