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Article updated: 11/12/2012 4:45 PM

West Chicago students become living history display for Veterans Day

By Scott Sanders

Fifth-grade students at Gary School in West Chicago modeled themselves as a living history display in honor of Veterans Day.

Students dressed up as figures in American history and gave short speeches about them when prompted by their classmates.

Principal Rocio Fisher said the idea came from the fifth grade teachers.

"We want to teach them love of country, patriotism, and honoring our vets because they give so much," she said.

The display followed a school assembly featuring singing of the Star Spangled Banner, patriotic poems and a short video on what the flag means.

Austin Shwatal portrayed George Washington. "George Washington was an important figure overall, so I just decided to be him," Austin said. "This costume is very sweaty too."

Isaac Padilla Huitron chose to be Abraham Lincoln "because he was pretty famous and he was also known to be one of the best presidents."

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