BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Lafayette High School Students gathered at the Sergeant John Boechat Memorial for their yearly dedication, remembering fallen heroes of their own.
"It just feels so good to appreciate what these fallen soldiers have done for us, and why we are free today," senior Dejon Brice said.
First, they marched to the site in a proud silence. Then, they sang songs and read poetry to honor the men and women.
"It's important that we recognize all the soldiers that fought for freedom that used to attend Lafayette High School, so I could know who they were," senior class president Cristal Fernandez said.
Kevin O'Sullivan is a former student at the school, and a veteran of the Gulf War. He attended the remembrance ceremony with his two young boys.
"I saw the vets over here and they have touched my heart, being a vet. It's just important to say thank you," O'Sullivan said.
Students said their school is extremely patriotic. They said this ceremony and the sacrifice of the veterans are proof.
"It's a magnificent moment because of all the international representation from Lafayette High School, and we're pleased to be here to honor all those who went before us, and to get an understanding of our country," Principal Naomi Cerre said.
During the ceremony, the seniors passed the reigns to younger students who pledged to carry on this special tradition of honor.