Children sing praises of veterans at annual event

November 09, 2018 03:42 PM

RENSSELAER – Some are grandparents and parents of the kids paying tribute. But some had no affiliation to Doane Stuart School. They were just happy to be invited to a Veterans Day Ceremony.

"Veterans Day is just amazing and I feel honored," said Traci St. Denis, a retired Captain from the Army. "Especially that the children know what veterans do and how we help them and how we help our country."

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She says she has always loved helping people and that's why she enlisted. She has had the goal since she was 5 years old. She grew up in Niskayuna and now lives in Watervliet.

"Well, when I turned 18 they were like, 'Oh, it's not a phase anymore. She really wants to do this.' And I did it," she said.

The annual ceremony featured young children singing songs, making cards and placing flags as a tribute to veterans.

"You watch some of these kids and how proud they are of us and they don't even know us," said Chaplain Jon Badi of the USMC. His grandkids live in Glens Falls. "They give you cards, they smile, they shake your hand."

St. Denis served in the Army from 1989-2010 and was in Iraq from '04-'07.

"I'm hoping that by talking to veterans at events like this children realize, you know, that maybe the military's for me and I would love to inspire a little girl to say you know what if she can do it, so can I," said St. Denis. "When I was in Iraq, my entire section was all female. We were female drivers, gunners, convoy commanders. So when we pulled up to a checkpoint, the guys manning the checkpoint were really surprised to just see all women in all the vehicles."


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