Students in Custer honored veterans with 23rd annual program

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Custer, SD Students throughout the Custer School District paused from their regular classes to learn about the important individuals who have served our country.

Julianna Uphoff, Custer Elementary 5th grader says, "Veterans day means when you kind of celebrate what the veterans have done for America."

It was a patriotic scene at the Custer Armory as the entire district gathered to honor Veteran's day.

Hugh Holmes, South Dakota American Legion state commander says, "It was an honor to serve my country and to see these young students come in to participate and to honor our other veterans that were the ceremony today."

The event is sponsored by the Custer American Legion but it's the Custer High School Student Council who organize this district wide event.

Ben Wahlstom, student council president says, "Each year, student council does this and it is very rewarding, but also honorable the veterans, they do a lot for us."

The students heard from the American Legion State Commander and honored the gentleman who started the celebration 23 years ago.

Curt Halverson, Army veteran says, "I'm surprised, the student council has done a tremendous job to keep it going. We started out
the Legion and the VFW and gradually students took it over and carried the ball ever since."

Finally kids from the boy and girl scouts honored each veteran in the audience with a thank you card and a rose.

Cub Scout from Pack 25 says, "It makes me feel good to let them know that we still care about them because they did fight for our freedom."

Reporting in Custer ... I'm Taylar Perez ... Black Hills FOX News."