Etna Elementary School students on Nov. 9 will learn about some of the country's earliest veterans from members of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Etna Elementary School students on Nov. 9 will learn about some of the country's earliest veterans from members of the Sons of the American Revolution.

"We are continuing to educate people about the country and its people," said Carl Roshong, a member of the Fairfield County chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The event is part of the school's annual Veterans Day celebration, organized by the school's staff.

Barb Formentelli, one of the event coordinators, said the celebration has grown from its initial beginnings of decorating a wall with stars to the school honoring nearly 100 local veterans.

"It's an opportunity to honor our veterans," Formentelli said. "This year, we have 100 coming in."

She said past and present veterans are invited, and those who did not receive invitations are encouraged to call the school and say they would come. The school's phone number is (740) 927-5906.

The program will begin at 9 a.m. with first-graders singing the national anthem. Students and the Rev. Bill Hunt of Rosehill Church of Christ will honor veterans and talk about the importance of veterans before each veteran in attendance is called up to receive a souvenir.

Formentelli said those present would have a moment of silence in honor of deceased veterans before a bag piper plays "Amazing Grace."

To close the celebration this year, the Sons of the American Revolution will portray Patrick Henry, George Washington and Ben Franklin, among others.

"They will talk about how they shaped the country," Formentelli said. "They were the first veterans."

Roshong said it is nice for the students to be able to see their history come to life: "We would not be here without history."

During the celebration, the veterans will complete a walk of fame through the school's media center prior to being served lunch, Formentelli said.

Roshong praised the school and Formentelli for hosting such a proud display of the country's heritage.

"She's a lady doing a very patriotic Veterans Day program," he said.

Formentelli said they ask students to invite veterans they know, making their own invitations, and she regularly tracks down veterans, even those she see with veterans plates at the grocery.

"I wait outside for them," she joked.

Though she is retiring at the end of the year, Formentelli said, the annual celebration is expected to continue. She said two people are waiting to take over.

"It's a whole team effort. Everybody gets involved," she said.

It takes the whole year to plan the celebration, she said, adding that organizers would begin planning for next year after this year's celebration is concluded.

For more information on the event, call the school at (740) 927-5906.