ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Across our communities, veterans are mixed in with the everyday crowd. But they stood out Friday, as students at Sherwood Academy put together a celebration for the community and for some of them; their own parents.
For some, it was an emotional, as they watched slide shows and heard their kids sing it brought back memories of their own sacrifice.
For John Dunne, Veteran's day is a day of both honor and remembrance. "I think as Americans we take so much for granted and I don't think people realize how fast it can be taken away."
Dunne was a military brat. He remembers time he spent growing up in both Germany and Holland with his father. "One of the ladies I was able to meet at a very young age over there was a lady that was held captive by the Nazis."
Dunne always knew the military was his path. He served in the Marine Corps from 1988 to 2009.
He's one of many veterans who celebrate today. Johnnie Johnson also served in the Marine Corps from 1981 to 2001. "I knew I wanted to be a part of an organization that was great and has a history of service," he said.
Johnson and Dunne participated in a celebration put on by Sherwood Christian Academy.
Asked about bravery, Ethan Johnson said, "Even when fear comes and faces you, you are able to overcome it."
"The bravest person I know is my father," said Mason Johnson. "That was perhaps the proudest day of my life seeing them and telling from their heart what it is to recognize the veterans."
As the students sang, they learned about the sacrifice those who have served made. Some understand more than others. "I think today is a day of thankfulness. Thankful for the veterans who came and served and thankful I have a dad who came back," said Anna Dunne.
As veterans remember their sacrifice they hope the younger generation follows in their footsteps. "This is the greatest country in the world. Everything they've been provided is through the sacrifice of someone else and we should all be in the position to give back," Johnson said.
The celebration was something Sherwood Acres Academy has been doing for more than two decades. Administrators hope it continues to be a great success.