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AA community honors veterans

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Vietnam veteran Stephen Gerard is celebrated by many and honored by his grandkids: American Academy students Cam, Maddie and Cooper during the Veterans Day Breakfast.


The American Academy (AA) community welcomed 50 veterans to honor them for their service and duty during the annual Veterans Day Breakfast on November 11.  The celebration kicked off with an assembly introducing all six branches of the military, then a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the national anthem performed by the AA choir.


three men stand in front of flag made from kids

Stars, stripes and united hands graciously welcomed Mike Peterson, District B president of the Douglas County School Board District (U.S. Navy); Steve Colella, Executive Director of Schools, American Academy; and supportive community member Andy Jones (U.S. Navy).


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American Academy student Aria Doukas proudly shares breakfast with her father, Nick Doukas (U.S. Air Force).


By Julie Matuszewski; photos courtesy of Erin Dill



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