MLK Students Honor Veterans

Elementary students at Martin Luther King Junior in Yakima honor our troops this morning with a short presentation.

The school's fourth graders performed the Star Spangled Banner and reading poetry to several veterans in attendance.

Students also getting the chance to meet some of our heroes and give them thank you letters and gifts.

One veteran says this morning's ceremony is something he'll never forget.

"It's a great pleasure for us to witness what the students have done for us," said Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph Brom, "We go out and visit adults, but it's just something special to get it from the kids, because they're innocent."

Several other schools in the Yakima School District held a moment of observation during assemblies.

Also in attendance at the ceremony was future state music hall of famer, Scott Goranson.

Goranson performed taps during the moment of silence -- he was recently selected to be inducted into the Washington State Music Educators Hall of Fame.

Goranson teaches the orchestra at Davis High School and also teaches at several schools in the district.

He says he was humbled to find out about his award.

"There are tons of great teachers out there, but in the music world, music teachers are some of the hardest working teachers in many buildings," said Goranson, "They're there the longest, they're there first thing in the morning with all the zero hour classes, and they're there late at night doing all the performances and practices. There's a lot of great teachers out there, so it's really humbling to get a chance to be recognized."

Goranson will receive the official award at a ceremony during a music educators conference held in Yakima in February.