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Middle School sees stars for Vets Day event

Published: November 8, 2013, 5:44 pm, by Tom Roeder

BG Dana M Capozzella-smBrig. Gen. Dana Capozzella told students at Holmes Middle School that Veterans Day is more than just a day off during a Friday assembly.

“This day is sacred and special,” said Capozzella who commands ground forces for the Colorado National Guard.

She spoke during an hourlong assembly that featured music, poetry and an essay on veterans. Students worked for weeks to pull the event together.Their principal, Rob Utter, lined up the general as the guest speaker.

He didn’t have to look hard to find her, Utter and Capozzella are husband and wife.

The general was among more than two dozen veterans honored and serenaded at the school during its first Veterans Day Assembly in recent memory.

Capozzella spoke of the Guard’s role in battling Colorado’s summer wildfires and flooding. She also spoke about patriotism, honor and duty.

“There is no tribute, no praise that can the service and sacrifice our veterans and their families have given,” she said.

The general also told veterans that they need to reach out to children, so they’ll remember the price of freedom.

“Share your story,” she said. “Tell them who you are.”