A group of local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 566 visited Lakewood Park Elementary School recently to speak with students. The veterans also decorated a display case filled with helmets, books, dog tags, hats of the different branches of the military, old photos and model helicopters of the UH-1Huey and the AH-64D Apache Longbow. The group, spearheaded by Joe Lusardi, discussed the importance of freedom and about parts they played in the Vietnam War. Thevets also donated a new American flag to the school. Principal Dianne Young presented the group with a plaque from Lakewood Park Elementary School as a thank you for their dedication to the students. The students gave the vets 27 boxes filled with donated items to be sent to U.S. military troops serving overseas. Students also made cards, poems, letters, and art work for troops to enjoy. We are thankful for the freedom that our servicemen have given to us here in America. Pictured, Principal Dianne Young presents a plaque to Joe Lusardi, Aris Atoa, Scott Bartal, Myles Gill, Dave Cameron, Mike Bradley, Mike Kiper, and Wally Wallentiny.