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Weston students thank loved ones who have gone to war

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Some Weston students said thank you Friday to their loved ones who have gone to war. It was all part of an annual Memorial Day program at Mountain Bay Elementary School. But a relative who wasn't able to make it to the event still found a way to join the ceremony.

It's a ceremony honoring family members who have served in the military.

"Good to do this, I think it's really nice" said Mountain Bay Elementary School 5th grader, Malorie Budnick.

Speeches, patriotic songs, and a slide show all dedicated to relatives of students -- who have gone to war. But not everyone's loved one was able to make it.

"She misses him a lot and she has her breakdowns but the moments that he is here with her she gloats," said Kathryn Grinstead of Weston.

Fayth Peterson is a first grader at Mountain Bay Elementary School. Her stepfather is currently serving in Afghanistan.

"My husband deployed to Afghanistan January 6 of this year," said Grinstead.

Grinstead said that didn't stop her husband from wanting to be there for Fayth.

"We found out about this ceremony last week and he had agreed to stay awake to be here," said Grinstead.

And he did. Skyping his stepdaughter at about 1 a.m. Afghanistan time.

Grinstead said her husband is trying to stay involved in Fayths life even though he's halfway across the world.

"He wanted to be here for her and this is the only way that he could for right now," said Grinstead.

And he was just a Skype call away, joining the crowd.

"She loves, it she loves it," said Grinstead.

This is the 7th year for the event.
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