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The Importance of Remembrance

Hanging a Veterans Day banner
By Robin Risemas - Office of Public Affairs
Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Elementary school teacher, Marcie Alvarez, knows how important it is to remember Veterans, not only on Veterans Day, but every day. As an Air Force Veteran of Desert Storm, she practices what she preaches and that’s why she teaches the children, at the elementary school she works at, all about Veterans and Veterans Day.

For the past 7 years, she’s either conducted a Veterans Day program or created some type of display. She’s had flag raising ceremonies, during which a military member reads the Presidential Proclamation of Veterans Day. She’s built a life sized GI Joe and used photos of many different military members and Veterans to decorate it.

This year, she made a banner. Not just any banner, but a banner using every Veterans Day poster the VA has produced since day 1; 35 years worth! She hung the banner up in her school and invited the children, staff, family members and the local community to come write a message on the banner so the Veterans at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital would know they are not forgotten.

That banner hung in one of the main hallways at the hospital for the entire month of November. We hope everyone got a chance to see it, and perhaps it reminded them to thank a Veteran!

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