UNION GROVE, Ala. - A primary school in Marshall County proved today that it is never too early to teach kids American history and to thank those who have served in our armed forces.
Every year around this time, students and staff at Brindlee Mountain Primary School plan a day to thank our veterans in a memorable way. Marines veteran Steven Mawhirter says it's an honor.
"My wife and I both to come out here and see these young children, and my grandson and the others being taught patriotism, and what it means to serve your country, and it's an honor to be a part of it."
This year, in addition to a special breakfast, there was the unveiling of a memorial more than a year in the making.
"Now that it's finished, we'll be able to bring them out and teach them about American history and teach them about patriotism and service, and that's really what our country is all about; about serving others and defending freedom," says Brindlee Mountain Primary School Principal David McCollum.
Some area veterans have been looking forward to the completion of the memorial all year long; Lance Corporal Luis Ruiz II was one of them. "I love all the statues they have out there, and the flag flying at the top, it looks amazing."
The memorial is a way for the school to show thanks to all service men and women every single day.
"And this, our Union Grove community, showing their appreciation and their patriotism, and it's a welcomed thing, and I hope you know it benefits a lot of people," adds Mawhirter.