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Declo Students Honor Local Veterans With Wreaths

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By Jay Michaels

Declo, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Putting wreaths on veteran's graves at Christmas time. It's become an annual tradition at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, and local students are making the observance their own.

Starting in September, more than 80 students at Declo High School started discovering the histories of Declo's veterans.

Tyler Darrington is just one of Declo High School teacher Pamela Young's US History students. He wrapped up his latest assignment by laying a wreath on the grave of Sgt. Jasper Richardson.

Darrington says, I consulted some of the older people in the county who were around in the days when he was in the Army, and knew a little bit about him. I also got with the Declo History Book."

The project is part of Wreaths Across America. After researching the histories of 135 veterans buried in the Declo Cemetery, the students also raised money for these wreaths from Maine. At $15 dollars a piece, that adds up to just over $2,000.

Declo Mayor Jay Darrington says, "It's been wonderful for them to find out about the history of the individuals that they were assigned to do. It's been absolutely wonderful for our community."

Each student was assigned two or three veterans. In some cases, the students are related to those vets.
Despite the bitter cold, this was a chance for these US History students to connect with those who've served our country, and find out that they're real people, like Sgt. Jasper Richardson.

Tyler Darrington says, "It surprised me that he was just a normal person, that these brave men were just people who'd take a step out, who'd give something back."

December 13, 2013.


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