While Tolland students were orginally slated to observe Veterans Day out of school, Tolland schools took time to honor those who have served the country during a variety of services on Monday.
At Tolland Intermediate School, classes listened to veterans speak at an assembly at the end of the day.
"In honor of all the veterans who took care of each other, you all need to learn to look out for each other," said Marines veteran and Tolland Veterans Recognition Commission member Frederick Frey.
Fellow veteran Andrew Herzog shared his experiences with the students, painting a picture of the hardships soldiers face beyond physical danger.
"The hardest part of being a soldier is being lonely," he said. "We miss everything that we called home."
TIS administrators presented the Veternas Recognition Commission with a WWI poster asking Tolland residents to support its troops. The poster was found in a portable classroom, according to Principal James Dineen.
The students also sang patriotic songs, have written letters to soldier and created a wall of honor for veterans.
Here's how the rest of the schools paid tribute to veterans on this special day:
Birch Grove Primary School
Birch Grove students welcomed veterans at two separate assemblies. Students shared facts about Veterans Day and sang patriotic songs. Birch Grove also has its own honor wall that will stay up for several weeks.
Tolland Middle School
Students created care packages for soldier in war zones with the Packages From Home program. The middle schoolers also wrote letters to veterans and created a wall of honor.
Ellington veteran Greg Caron will be stopping by the school on Wednesday to speak with students and to receive a check .
Tolland High School
High school students attended assemblies to listen to local veterans share their experiences, as well.