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Pomelo Elementary's mission: Honor veterans with 'Heroes' Day'
Pomelo Elementary's mission: Honor veterans with 'Heroes' Day'

Veterans Day was over when the balloons went up and the flags came out at Pomelo Elementary this week, in a 14-year-old tradition that offers a history lesson for third-graders and a stage for aging military veterans to spin stories of their exploits. Tuesday was "Heroes' Day" at the West Hills school, a celebration that took shape in the shadow of Sept. 11, as teachers tried to wring uplifting lessons from the tragedy by inviting police and firefighters to visit their third-grade classes. They wanted their students to understand that real heroes weren't the baseball players and entertainers the children idolized, but public servants who might be required to put their...

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