The Darby School District remembered veterans with a heart-touching video released on the district website on Veterans Day.
Darby Elementary School educator Brooke Gardner helped produce the video with messages from students thanking veterans for their sacrifices and hard work. She said Veterans Day is a favorite day for students and that enthusiasm inspired the teachers to take action.
“It is important to honor veterans because they sacrificed everything, to protect our country and to protect us," Gardner said. "We are able to live in this beautiful country because of them.”
She said the Bitterroot Valley has a large number of veterans.
“We get a big turn-out every year,” Gardner said. “We usually do a recognition of service and call out the different battles and wars and they get to stand up and be recognized for their service. It is emotional to see them stand and see the pride in their face. I know it is small and simple and I wish we could give back more but a thank you is important. We want to make sure they know they are valued.”
Darby High School music educator Alex Petrusaitis is worked with students to make audio recordings.
Petrusaitis said it is important to honor veterans.