MOUNT DORA — Triangle Elementary School in Mount Dora held its first Veterans Day ceremony for fourth and fifth graders Friday, encouraging them to invite their families to honor local veterans.

“I am so excited that we finally get to do this,” said Curriculum Specialist Rhonda Boston, who organized the event. “I think it turned out really well and all the kids were so excited.”

Members of the Mount Dora VFW presented the flags, Principal Marlene Straughan, a Navy veteran, read two poems and School Board member Sandy Gamble addressed the kids asking them to thank the veterans for their service.

A special highlight to the program was the first performance for the Manatee Rhapsody choir who sang the Armed Forces Medley. As each branch was represented, those veterans were asked to stand as the kids clapped and cheered for them.

Second graders Sohni Greaves, Jayda Witzigman, Lincoln Hart and Aiden Barbaro presented the white table with its explanations because they have been reading about the subject in Mrs. Bliss’ class.

The ceremony concluded with a special breakfast for veterans and their families.

“We are so grateful for our veterans and just wanted to do something special for them,” Straughan said. “And it’s really good for the kids to know what Veteran’s Day is about.”