Veteran's Day at Franklin Magnet School

U.S. Armed Forces veteran Stuart Ablaza, left, answers students questions during Franklin Magnet School's annual Veteran's Day Assembly at the Glendale school on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / November 7, 2013)

Franklin Magnet School honored 17 veterans during a campus assembly Thursday. The veterans were either connected to American Legion Glendale Post 127 or to the school’s students.

For decades, the elementary school has hosted local veterans on campus, where Ana Jones, a teacher specialist, said they are touched by the recognition.

“Every year, they get very emotional that we invite them,” she said. “They just feel like it’s such a great honor.”

The elementary students read the veterans’ names out loud, sang songs and read a poem written by the schools’ sixth-graders.

The veterans who were honored Thursday represented the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. They served in World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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