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The SMHS FFA took some time on Memorial Day for a trip to the Santa Maria Cemetery to honor those who served to protect America’s freedom.

Twenty-three FFA members posted 100 flags at the grave sites of local veterans. They also mingled with others, and heard inspiring stories about veterans from their loved ones.

“It was a great experience being able to commemorate all those veterans who have fought for our country,’’ said junior and FFA Vice-President Ariadna Romero. “Being able to post flags today reminded me to be thankful for all those who fought for our country and all those who still are.’’

“This was a mind changing experience for our FFA members,’’ said FFA Reporter Vrisa Garcia. “They’ve never realized how much they take our freedom for granted and with the opportunity of posting flags we learned to appreciate the sacrifice veterans make when fighting for our country.’’

Santa Maria FFA students and staff would like to say “thank you” to all those veterans who have given the greatest sacrifice for our freedom, Garcia added.

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