"They'd come home and you're just ordinary people," Copeland said. "There was no thank-you, no appreciation. Nobody there to greet you when you came. It's just so great to come here and get some recognition. Especially for the guys that actually were in combat."
Scott said he realized there isn't an adequate way to thank the veterans besides just being grateful.
"We can stand here until the buses come and go, until this school year is over, until our lives our done and say nothing but thank you and that wouldn't be enough," Scott said. "These people are heroes."
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