Hudson -- Memorial Day is a day for America to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to her.

In the week leading up to the national holiday, students from Hudson High School's Service Learning class spent three days visiting with residents of the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown, located about in Ohio about four hours southwest of Hudson. The class takes time out each year for the visit.

"These are elderly veterans who have no family left and have no place else to go," according to Martin Bach, service learning adviser and HHS social studies teacher. "They are now mostly Korea and Vietnam vets, with still some WWII veterans."

Students Deidre Harding and Kaylee Scafe spent time with a Pearl Harbor survivor, Bach added.

The students help spruce up the grounds of the facility, spent quality time visiting with, and had a prom for, the veterans.

During the May 20 prom, the girls wore dresses and danced and talked with the veterans. The boys wore business casual attire and also talked with the residents.

Various classes and teachers have also sent letters and pictures to the residents throughout the year, Bach said. The director distributed the items and the veterans passed them around and shared them with each other.

An uncle of one of the class members raised funds for and distributed more than 120 veterans baseball hats to the residents.

"The veterans at our home love when the Hudson High School students come and spend time with them each year," said Kelly Swearingen, social services/activities supervisor for the Ohio Veterans Home said. "The individual attention our veterans receive from the students is outstanding. Interacting with the Hudson student volunteers adds to their overall relationships, increases the variety of activities, and adds spontaneity into the lives of our veterans -- we truly appreciate the students' service and dedication to our veterans."


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