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Alexandria Elementary School Celebrates Veterans Day Early

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Army Brig. General William Cole receives a flag from the 6th grade class.
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Army Brig. General William Cole receives a flag from the 6th grade class.

Veterans Day is on Monday, but some Alexandria schoolkids honored veterans today.

Yanitza Cooper, 11, is a student at Mt. Vernon Woods Elementary School, where half of the 600 students come from military families.

"My father is active and my grandfather is retired," Cooper says.

She helped celebrate an early Veterans Day on Friday with what has become a school tradition for the past seven years: Take A Veteran To School Day.

"I wanted to make cards and posters because I appreciate what they do, they serve for us," she says.

The school hosted eight veterans, including Army Brig. General William Cole, who was given a hand-painted American flag. It read "General Cole the 6th grade class salutes you!"

Cole says he was moved.

"We really appreciate the outpouingr of support they've shown us this morning," Cole says. "The appreciation they've shown all the veterans"

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