Students from Holy Rosary, Medford, learn how to fold American flags during a Veterans Day demonstration Nov. 12. (Submitted photo)

On Nov. 12, Holy Rosary School, Medford, celebrated the veterans who have served this country. They invited all families in the school who are serving or have served in the military to join the celebration.

Students gathered in the gym to discuss the origins of Veterans Day. Students learned that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, because it was the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

Students were then split up into six platoons and sent to assigned stations. Students learned how to fold the American flag, march, use camouflage netting, and use some of the military’s basic first aid supplies.

Students were also able to sit inside of a Humvee, which was brought in by the local National Guard unit. The National Guard also brought in radios and showed the students how to operate them. Several veterans in the community brought in items from their military career, so students could see them and ask questions. Students also made thank you letters and pictures for soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan and for homeless veterans in the Saint Paul area.