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Fifth graders at CGES get extra session with veterans

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By Stephen Thomas

CEDAR GROVE - Local military veterans will be honored at Cedar Grove Elementary Wednesday, one of many schools hosting a Veterans Day event as an ongoing effort to educate young people about war experiences.

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The Cedar Grove fifth grade students will have an extra interest in the event thanks to a pre-visit Monday by a number of local veterans ranging back to World War II.

Cedar Grove fifth grade instructor Rebecca Mattingly, the Social Studies teacher, helped prepare students for the event, organized by the school’s Family Resource Center.

“The kids are really interested in it,” said Mattingly. “They’re very perceptive, really knowledgeable, and they’re learning from a primary source.”

Lunch was provided for the visiting veterans courtesy of the Disabled American Veterans.

Rick Dickerson, a veteran representing Ft. Knox and the Patton Museum, spoke to fifth grade classrooms prior to the event, discussing military history and appropriate questions to ask veterans.

Cedar Grove’s Veterans Day celebration will include guest speaker Dennis Collins, who served in a military K-9 unit during Vietnam. The event takes place in the school gymnasium at 2:30 p.m.