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D60 students honor local veterans with special tribute

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"Patriotism.  It's a simple word but with a resilient meaning." That was how fifth grader Steven Trimble began his award-winning essay, as part of a contest that encouraged students to put into words what honor, integrity, and patriotism means to them.

Thursday, they were honored at the annual Pride and Patriotism event at Memorial Hall, which is a student tribute to local veterans and active military.

Each student found their own inspiration for their poems and essays.

"My uncle Steve--I never got to meet him.  I never got to meet him, but he died in the Vietnam War fighting for us.  That 

was my motive to do it," said Trimble, who attends Belmont Elementary School.

"They give everything for people they don't know.  So for me to write something for someone I don't know is the least I could do," said 9th grader Caroline Catulli, of Central High School, who was also an award recipient. 

And hundreds more had the chance to show their gratitude.

Revealing patriotic art pieces--reminiscent of Andy Warhol--but also symbolizing the true meaning of what it is to be a Pueblo veteran.

"We are indeed one of the most patriotic cities in the United States," said Brigadier General Paul Maye, who served in the Army and Air Force.

Their favorite part of the night though was listening to tradition ring throughout Memorial Hall, as students sang "America the Beautiful."

"I was tearing up so fierce, I couldn't sing," said Staff Sergeant Michael Tonne, an Army veteran.

And there was one song they had never heard--until now--because the song "Home of the Heroes" was written especially 

for the event.

Veterans left the event with a sense of pride--and students left with a sense of accomplishment.

"It's 100% my favorite assignment out of all the classes," said Trimble.

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