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Veterans honored in Berks County

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 11 2013 09:33:55 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 12 2013 05:11:16 AM CST

People all across the country are paying tribute to our nation's veterans.

People all across the country are paying tribute to our nation's veterans.

In Berks County, Veterans Day programs were held not only to honor those who have served but also to educate our youth.

More than 150 veterans gathered at Reading's City Park Monday to celebrate Veterans Day.

"It is always good to honor our brothers and sisters as a military family," said Army Veteran and event organizer Diane Price.

County leaders also announced the creation of a new foundation that will help restore and maintain military monuments to help honor veterans in the years to come.

"That is very exciting. The first project is going to be the World War I memorial where 309 individuals are remembered for their service," said Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach.

In addition to that gathering, several veterans were invited to attend ceremonies at both Conrad Weiser East Elementary in Wernersville and Brandywine Heights Middle School in Topton to educate children on the importance of honoring those who have served.

"They were all very happy. They shared stories with me, I shared stories with them, they were all very interested," said PA National Guard Master Sergeant John Paul Karpovich.

Students at Brandywine Heights Middle School also made posters displaying different veterans at the time of their service.

"It is very important for them to know we really care and really do admire them as a person," said student Autumn Bieber.

"I walk the halls and I see the posters and everything and it just warms your heart to know that all of these thank you's, that the children are actually thinking about us, who wear the uniform every day," said Karpovich.

Others took comfort in the camaraderie that comes with this day.

"It is always good to see veterans that are older, have more experience than you and have been through other wars that are not like the war I am in now," said PA National Guard Sergeant Bryan Cannon.

The kids had one special message for all of their veteran visitors.

"Thank you for serving our country and protecting us and all that you do. I really appreciate it," said student Hanna Gralinski.