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SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- Students in Saugerties got a unique opportunity to hear from veterans from as far back as World War II.
Saugerties High School held two assemblies Thursday featuring firsthand accounts of service from a number of veterans, including POW's from the Korean War, survivors of the Bataan Death March, two Medal of Honor recipients and even a man who witnessed one of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.
Superintendent Seth Turner says while textbooks have details in print, it's important for students to hear history firsthand. But, he says, the students aren't the only ones who benefit from the program.
"I've got to say I think the veterans very much appreciated the reaction from the students. At the end of one assembly, the students individually got up and said thank you for your service. So it seemed to be a mutually beneficial experience because the students certainly learned firsthand accounts of history and the veterans got to hear from young children how much they appreciate their freedoms," Turner said.
The school district was also presented with a piece of history. They were given the first flag to fly over Saddam Hussein's palace in Iraq after he was removed from power.