Students at Boys Preparatory Academy paid tribute to military heroes during an event at the school's Gold Star monument.
The entire school stood in silence as they listened to Hershel "Woody" Williams, the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima. He spoke to students about his sacrifices, and the importance of honoring Gold Star families.
Williams had previously been at Boys Preparatory Academy for the dedication of the school's Gold Star monument, the only one of its kind on a primary school campus. The school raised money to install the monument in 2015.
Gold Star families, other living Medal of Honor recipients, veterans, and local active duty members also attended the emotional event. Families of the fallen laid carnations at the monument in remembrance of their loved ones.
Magnet Lead Teacher Kathy Wasserman says this event was a learning opportunity students will never forget.
"Our vision statement is, 'Molding young men of distinction who will achieve greatness.' What better opportunity than to bring Medal of Honor recipients on our campus to be role models for our young men?" she said.