BROOKE COUNTY, W. Va. — An open house Thursday night at Brooke Primary North also served as a way to honor veterans.
Students were so excited to show their families all the projects they have been working on in honor of Veterans Day.
"I just wanted to show my picture to all the people on the news to show them how I honor all of the people,” said Malaki, a student at Brooke Primary North.
Thursday night was about family and friends.
"My dad, my pop, grammy, my mom and my Mimi,” said Gavinn.
And some of the youngest members of the Ohio Valley honored those who have made the ultimate sacrifice
"We were surprised how many of our students had family members grandparents, parents, who are former military personnel,” said teacher Tracey Welch.
Lines formed outside of the school to walk the halls and admire those veterans.
"I’m here for open house because all my friends and family are here,” said Kendall.
For the kindergartner, the night was a chance to show her dad all she has been learning at school while he was away.
"Oh, its outstanding. I just got home. I was gone for three months. I’ve only been back for a week now,” said Matthew Komaniak, Kendall’s father. “See how much this little one has actually learned.”
Pictures of loved ones that have served act as a reminder of what Veterans Day is all about, and those that have been lost are never too far away.
"Let him see how much of an impact,” said Jessica Paar. “That we have our freedom because our family and friends fought for us to have that.”
Friday, students are encouraged to wear patriotic colors or camouflage and to bring in donations that will go to local troops.