Some students at Cole Middle and Cole High School took a vet to school Friday for a Veterans Day event.
The event at Fort Sam Houston honored all veterans, including many of the students' parents, and underscored that even those who never served in war are veterans.
A.J. Bray, a senior, is the Battalion Commander for JROTC. A.J. said he is proud to be the son of a veteran.
"I wanted him to be here just so he knows that not only do I appreciate him, but so does everyone else, and there's a lot of other people like him," A.J. said.
Carlton Bray retired in 2006 after 20 years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. Bray is a proud veteran and father and hopes he'll one day be the father of a veteran.
"Absolutely. I have hopes for him to follow in my footsteps and even do better than me, and I'm sure he'll do that," he said.
The ceremony included a play that stressed the meaning of Veterans day and that not all veterans go to war.
"I think it's just really great that they have a ceremony, because a lot of times, people who didn't specifically go to war, don't get the respect that other people do, so I think it's great that they have something for them," A.J. Bray said.
Carlton Bray agrees with his father.
"I don't think there's ever enough to recognize the veterans, those who came before us and those who are currently serving," Carlton Bray said.
Carlton said he is still close to those who serve. His son-in-law is currently serving in Afghanistan, and Carlton is working as a civilian on Fort Sam Houston.
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