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A Musical Thank You - from The Messenger

November 11, 2022

For a group of veterans who visited Duncombe Elementary School Thursday afternoon, their 'thank you for your service' came loud and clear from the voices of the first grade students who sang and read for them.

Most of the veterans had grandchildren who attend school at Duncombe.

That included Tony Dasent, of Fort Dodge, a Navy veteran who served from 1985 to 1996. His granddaughter, Amelie Dasent, was among the singers.

"It's going to be exciting to hear her sing," he said.

Dasent said that his granddaughter has asked him about his service. He said he's shared his photographs and cruise books with her.

His Navy experience was a good one, he said. He'd be proud to see his granddaughter join up one day.

"It's a good thing," he said. "I'd recommend it."

After the Pledge of Allegiance and a few songs, some of the students took turns reading thank you notes for the veterans.

"We want to thank you for being our heroes," one read. "You gave up a lot for us."

Another read from their note.

"We think you are awesome," it said. "You fight for our freedom."

One of the readers added a bit of extra emphasis.

"When we say the Pledge," they said. "We think of you. We want to say THANK YOU."

Mike Meyer, of Fort Dodge, is a Navy veteran who served from 1968 to 1974. His granddaughter Lucy Brown, 6, was among those who sang for him.

He liked the musical tribute.

"It's something different," he said. "I've never seen this before."

The tribute closed with cookies and punch for the veterans and the students.

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