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Columbus Magnet School Celebrates Veterans Day

Mayor Elect Harry Rilling Joins Fellow Veterans

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Norwalk, CT | Added on November 08, 2013 At 10:51 PM

Students at Columbus Magnet School celebrated Veteran's Day a little early on Friday with three local veterans, including Norwalk mayor elect Harry Rilling. 

They had the chance to pay tribute to those who served and learn about lives of former Navy veteran Harry Rilling, Lt. Robert Killacky and Lt. Daniel Caporale of the Norwalk Veterans association. 

"I was in a radio facility where we provided radio transmission between the ships at see and the land so that we could communicate information about them to where they were going to be going," said Rilling. 

"I think it's important for the students to understand why they have what they have and this wonderful school and you don't think about it too often but there's reasons why we have it," said Steve O'Connell. "These veterans sacrificed their time and sometimes their lives." 

"We're celebrating something of what other people did for us," said one student. "So they did it for us so we could have a good education and a good life." 

Students were able to watch a live video chat with Lt. Meghan O' Connell, niece of 4th grade teacher Steve O'Connell, who served in Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012.

"She chose to go into the navy to honor my grandfather who was in the Navy in World 

War II and I think that that sacrifice can inspire the kids to maybe take their lives to dedicate to serving the country," said O'Connell. 

 "They fought to save our lives," said another student. "And it's really important to respect that because if it weren't for them we probably wouldn't even be here." 


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