Julianna Uphoff, Custer Elementary 5th grader says, "Veterans day means when you kind of celebrate what the veterans have done for America".
The veterans were introduced at an assembly and then students honored the vets through songs, poems and essays.
The annual event brought together area veterans and members of the community for patriotic music, a POW/MIA ceremony and a drill performance.
"As educators, we are fortunate to have such a strong veteran presence in Howard County", said Martirano in a statement.
"We should honor the veteran because they took the call to go when we needed them".
"We wanted students to take a more active role as this is part of their leadership training and development", said Lt. Col. Erik Pettyjohn, Air Force (retired), who leads the JROTC program. As Miller's story stimulated curious minds, some students mingled around veterans to hear about their stories.
Melonas said each year, students and staff create an "honor wall" as a tribute to veterans.
"They provided us with coffee and doughnuts to supply to our guests, which is great", Melonas said.
"Today is really a day about honoring the wide variety of men and women who served our country", Webb said.
The Wasilla High School Air Force Junior ROTC opened up the program with a Color Presentation that displayed their pride of wearing military uniform. "We just hope they know we're thinking about them and we appreciate their service".
The children showed they had been learning some basic skills by presenting an enthusiastic rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance.
At least 20 of the students honoring the veterans had a father or a mother now serving in the military, which made the ceremony especially meaningful for them.