Students throughout Comal ISD celebrated local veterans on Nov. 9 with annual Veterans Day performances by the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, band, orchestra, choir, cheerleaders and more.

“As a teacher and mom at Oak Creek Elementary as well as a wife and daughter to veterans, I am always moved to tears at the beautiful celebration our school creates for Veterans Day,” said Danielle McGaha, a first-grade teacher at Oak Creek Elementary School. “What an honor for my family to be part of this beautiful school district.”

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Army Lt. Col. Matt McCarty has three students in CISD and attended the celebration.

“I feel a tremendous amount of pride to think of all the thoughtfulness that was put into this celebration,” McCarty said. “It makes me happy and makes me feel appreciated.”

Retired Air Force Maj. Lamont Anderson attended the event with his wife and two CISD students. His daughter Alina Anderson is an 11th grade student at Pieper High School and plans to attend the Air Force Academy after graduating from high school.

“For schools, Veterans Day programs bring awareness to students of the cost of freedom,” Anderson said. “Personally, it is a great feeling to watch a performance like this to showcase and understand the sacrifice to our nation.”

Abigail Collier, an 11th grade student at Pieper High School, performed with the JROTC at the celebration and plans to follow in the footsteps of her father Maj. Jim Collier, a retired Army veteran who attended the event.

“We see our parents get deployed, and they miss out on so many of our activities,” Abigail Collier said. “This gives us a moment to be proud and honor them.”