Marine Aviators Visit Beaufort High Veterans Day Ceremony - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

11/10/04

Marine Aviators Visit Beaufort High Veterans Day Ceremony

Capt. Diaz addressing the students. Capt. Diaz addressing the students.

Veterans Day is a time to honor our military men and women for protecting the freedoms we hold so dear. Today, Beaufort High School took time out to do just that. Not only did students honor our veterans, but they learned what they can do to help ensure our freedom.

"It's awesome you're taking time out to remember those who came before you, to honor their sacrifice," said Capt. Josue Diaz, a navigator with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224. Capt. Diaz talked with students at their Veterans Day ceremony about the importance of honoring all who serve.

Diaz is preparing for deployment later this year to Iraq. He's encouraging students to do their part to keep our country free. "I'd rather you do nothing but work hard and make sure this country stays free, just work for your dreams and fight for them because the average person is what makes this country great. We're willing to go out there and sacrifice and die for this country to ensure they get the opportunity to be free."

It's a message students can relate to. "I think it's good because it does show us all what Veterans Day is all about," said student Thomas Fisher. "It gives a new meaning to people who don't know what it's all about or don't have parents in the military."

Not only is the school honoring our veterans, but one of their own, social studies teacher Ed Michael, who is deployed to Kuwait.

"As a school, we like to keep him in front because he really represents what we are doing here today with Veterans Day," said Dan Durbin, the school's principal.

That's what Veterans Day is all about, keeping our veterans in our hearts and minds, and that's the message they're trying to instill in the students, making sure they honor veterans and those on active duty every day.

Be sure to watch our Veterans Day parade coverage. It begins at 10am tomorrow live from Beaufort. Mike Chila and Judge Ned Tupper will bring you the festivities from Bay Street. Then immediately following, join Mike Manhatton, Jimmy Ray and Sonny Dixon for the Savannah Veterans Day parade on WTOC.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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