Waubonsie Valley High School launched a series of veterans-focused events Thursday with a speech about patriotism by a man who served during the Korean War.

Veteran Lou Kueltzo shared stories of patriotism and service at an assembly attended by Waubonsie students and other veterans in Indian Prairie Unit District 204. Before he took the stage, the Aurora school hosted a breakfast for the vets.

The school also is displaying a Veterans Tribute Wall and sponsoring a donation drive to benefit Naperville-based Operation Support Our Troops America.

The tribute wall showcases photos and bios of veterans and military members honoring them for the way they've given back. Information about the vets, such as their branch and dates of service and their rank, will be displayed at the school until Nov. 18.

Waubonsie also is working through Friday to collect snacks and personal items to send to troops overseas. Items the school is accepting include granola bars, trail mix, fruit snacks, jerky, gum, mints, socks, AA batteries and small bottles of mouthwash, body lotion, body wash and shampoo.

Last year's snack drive collected 42 pounds of goodies to send to American service members.