Gardnerville Elementary fifth-graders Bayla Fitzpatrick and Kennedy Lash had no complaints about going to school early Friday morning and standing in the frosty cold with handmade signs and American flags.
"It's special for me this year," said 10-year-old Bayla, "because I'm older and know what they've done and how to respect them. They've done more for us than we have for them.
"They've risked their lives," added Kennedy, also 10. "I think they've had it much harder than we have."
The two classmates were part of a welcoming party for the school's annual Veterans Day assembly. And a hero's welcome …