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Mason students, dressed in patriotic colors, recognized veterans last week with a Wall of Honor. Photo by Renee Landuyt

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Mason students, dressed in patriotic colors, recognized veterans last week with a Wall of Honor. photo by Renee Landuyt.
November 14, 2013
At Mason Elementary School, a red, white and blue Wall of Honor hangs on display in the first-floor hallway, the wall decorated with about 50 red, white and blue stars representing Mason students' living or deceased family and friends who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

"We have grandfathers, great grandfathers. And a lot of the kids have learned about people that they didn't know about," said Julie Nurse, a third grade teacher who coordinated the Wall of Honor for Veterans Day.

The Wall of Honor, which also includes a life-size cutout of the historic image of the flag raising at Iwo Jima created by parent Debbie Hoshaw, was in conjunction with the G.I. Go Fund's Jeans for Troops Day.

Jeans for Troops Day is a national movement in which faculty and staff at schools, businesses or agencies donate $5 to wear jeans for the day.

At Mason, while only teachers donated to the fund,, it was students and staff alike who donned patriotic colors in honor of those who have served, particularly family and friends whose service extended from the Coast Guard to the Navy to the Army to the Air Force.

"Students learned that veterans are people who have served our country, and they also learned a little bit of history about the people in their family who have served so honorably for our country," Nurse said, adding the teachers raised about $150 for the G.I. Go Fund.

The G.I. Go Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that assists returning veterans with their transition back to civilian life by providing employment and educational opportunities.

"It's great to see the participation of our Mason families in honoring our veterans," said Elaine Middlekauff, Mason principal.

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