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Harrison Avenue Honors America in Annual Musical

From one generation to another, Harrison Avenue School's fifth graders paid tribute to America and its war veterans at its annual spring musical Wednesday.

Members of the Harrison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3047 led the auditorium in honoring the country and stayed to enjoy the performance.

"It's a very nice event," former Marine Hans Hanke said. "We all like being here. The kids look up to us and it's a good feeling."

Hanke said this was the third year he attended the show.

Harrison Avenue School's Daryl Bologna wrote, directed and produced the "Let Freedom Ring" show for the 16th consecutive year.

"I do this for the kids, the community and for my country," Bologna said. "Everyone loves it."

Fifth graders at the school treated their friends, teachers and veterans to songs and performances in an effort to combine the academics of history and visual arts.

Bologna arranged the show each year with a patriotic theme and said aside from slight variations, it has remained the same since it was first performed.

Selected readings at the show included "I Am an American," "Ragged Old Flag" and "God Bless the U.S.A."

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