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Greendale Elementary students salute veterans

November 4, 2016 GMT

NEW ELLENTON — World War II veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor winner Boots Beatty of Aiken received an American Flag on Friday during Greendale Elementary’s Veteran’s Day program.

Third-grader Madison Holloway presented the flag to Beatty, 96, who served in the 1st Special Service Force, also called The Devil’s Brigade, an elite American-Canadian commando unit in World War II under command of the U.S. Fifth Army.

Beatty, who received the medal in 2015, was one of many veterans from all branches of the U.S. military students honored with flags during the program, which included patriotic songs, an interpretive dance and a dramatic presentation performed to a standing-room-only audience in the school cafeteria.

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U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Robert L. Hill, father of Robin Hill Davidson, the school’s principal, spoke about his service in the Vietnam War. Hill is a two-time recipient of the Bronze Star.

U.S. Marines veteran Brian K. Davidson, the principal’s husband, also spoke, teaching students and teachers a proper salute and telling the students to respect their teachers.