Students at Hawthorn Middle School South in Vernon Hills treated about 65 area veterans to breakfast Thursday morning to help them mark Veterans Day in an event hosed by the school's Student Council.

After eating, the veterans enjoyed performances by the school's chorus, orchestra and band. They also were encouraged to write cards to military members currently serving.

The 20 Student Council members were joined by other social studies students to conduct video interviews of the veterans, asking them a variety of questions about their experiences while serving. The videos will be shared at a later date with the school community.

"We believe it is important for students to be part of an event like this because it allows them to honor the past, learn from our veterans and appreciate all of the freedoms they enjoy today," Student Council co-sponsor Ali Maier said.