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Waterbury students learn importance of Veterans Day

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Students at Duggan Elementary School honored veterans on Tuesday. (WFSB) Students at Duggan Elementary School honored veterans on Tuesday. (WFSB)

One cable channel helped educate elementary students in Waterbury about the importance of Veterans Day.

Students at Duggan Elementary School received a visit from History Channel employees on Tuesday morning. It is part of the 'Take a Veteran to School' program, which helps students learn about the experiences of veterans.

Prior to Tuesday’s assembly, Duggan Elementary School teachers received study guides to help show students the history of Veterans Day.

Connecticut veteran Rodney Davis was one of the guest speakers along with Gregg Barratt, who is a veteran who serves as the the vice president of Veterans Affairs at Frontier.

"Today is just another day for people to remember. It's almost like you forget sometimes. You get complacent and you forget how big or how powerful it can be to help a veteran out," Davis said

Frontier Communications was one of the sponsors of the event and employs 255 veterans in Connecticut. In total, 13 percent of Frontier Communications workforce is veterans.

"For Frontier, to really be involved in local engagement and in the schools is very important to our philosophy and to our values," Barratt said.

Annie Fagan, a U.S. Army veteran served in the 1970s and was among the speakers. She also works in the school's library.

"I hope as they go through their life they'll understand better and really appreciate, have a grasp of what we do and what we did," Fagan said.

During Tuesday's event, the students proved that they were ready to learn.

"What made them want to risk their lives and sacrifice themselves for us and what inspired them to be a soldier," said eighth grade student Joemary Martinez.

The students were also filled with gratitude and respect.

"I appreciate everything they've done for us. They make sacrifices that we can't even imagine," said eighth grade student DeeMichielle Rosario.

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