CONYERS - Multiple Rockdale County Public Schools hosted special events Friday afternoon to honor retired and active veterans in the Conyers area.

Lorraine Elementary School principal David Ray welcomed local veterans to join their students for a special presentation and Thanksgiving themed lunch.

“I just want to say thank you for leading, setting expectations and for serving us and our country,” said Ray, addressing the cafeteria filled with Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force veterans.

Many children and grand-children were able to greet their families at the door with excitement and warm hugs.

Before lunch was served, Ray held a moment of silence and paid tribute to a Fallen Soldier table, explaining each variable of the table to the students.

Fourth grade teacher Kayla Lazenby and music instructor David Miller then performed ‘America the Beautiful.’

Next door at General Ray Davis Middle School, veterans were also invited to lunch and to stay after for a special presentation.

A beautiful and moving performance was dedicated by the GRDMS chorus, band, dance company and piano quartet.

Heritage High School’s JROTC also presented the colors as attendees saluted and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Among guests were Beth Clark, the grand daughter of General Ray Davis, Pete Mecca, a dAir Force veteran and writer for several Georgia publications, including the Citizen, and Carol Cain as Rosie the Riveter.

Each guest addressed the middle schoolers hoping to leave them with a bit of hope and pride.

“Just remember, you are never too young to know what you want to do in life,” said Clark.

Mecca gave a presentation of some of the youngest and best war veterans, including Sargent Stubby, the War Dog.

And bringing everything to a close, Cain made sure to remind them, “There’s something true about red, white, and blue, about Rosie the Riveter.”

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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