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CT students serve up show, breakfast for veterans

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PLANTSVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

Elementary school children in Plantsville put on a special show for veterans as they served them breakfast on Monday morning.

Just in time for Veterans Day this week, the students said "thank you" to those men and women, who served in the military forces.

Breakfast doesn't always start with the national anthem, but it did this time at Plantsville Elementary School.

These kids, who know few hardships, celebrated these heroes who know too many.

"I just wish more schools did it,” Vietnam Veteran Dave Waskowicz said.

Waskowicz, who served in the United States Army, is one of the attendees at a special military breakfast and concert at Plantsville Elementary School.

Officials at Plantsville Elementary School have been doing this breakfast and concert for the veterans at least five years.

Waskowicz said it was his third time and on Monday, he spent it with his grandson, fifth grader Ethan Germain.

"I think it's cool because you get to honor the veterans and you get to sing,” Ethan said.

"It's a wonderful thing that the school puts on here and it's great to be here with my grandson and share this day with the other veterans,” Waskowicz said.

Teacher Robert Lalla said the event started with five or six veterans and on Monday, there was more 30.

Lalla is a veteran himself.

According to the state, there are more than 200,000 veterans in Connecticut and almost half of them are over 65.

"It's nice to say hey,it's a good feeling. It's a good thing. You know, it's a positive thing," Lalla said.

Students treated the veterans to America the Beautiful.

The students celebrating these heroes before Veterans Day on Wednesday and this year, they added a "missing man" table.

"The glass is inverted, for they cannot toast with us,” Lalla said.

It's a tribute to those who didn't make it back from the battlefield.

"We lost people in our unit. Friends I went to school with didn't make it back,” Waskowicz said. “It is an emotional time. It's tough."

Lalla said it’s a “very emotional,” time “especially for the veterans.”

"I can't tell you what it means to them,” Lalla said. “It's so special, you could just see it in their eyes."

Veterans came from all over Connecticut, even New Hampshire, for the breakfast.

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