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Veteran’s Day More Than Just A Day Off

Some of our graduates here are East Leyden become teachers.  Others may go on to pursue careers as lawyers or doctors. But there are several students who go to the military after high school.

East Leyden alum Danil Morales graduated in the spring of 2012, and with his whole future ahead of him he decided to work to help keep our country safe. As Veteran’s Day begins to become just a distant memory for many of us, let’s take a look at a veteran and one of our very own.

Danil Morales was walking through the halls of East Leyden as a senior just seven months ago. Now he’s a 74 Delta Chemical Operations Specialist in training for the U. S. Army.

Morales made the decision to join at the end of his junior year at the age 17. With the date of graduation less than a year away he wanted to finalize his plans after high school. With a variety of desires, but not a lot of thinking through, he decided to join the army.

He was going to join later in life but he figured ¨the sooner the better. I could get out of it sooner in my life¨ and have money for college later in life.

Having a dad that served in the U. S. Navy was not his only encouragement to join the military.

Morales said that ¨not doing what ordinary people do¨ also encouraged him.

Despite the obstacles that have come with taking on such a noble career, Morales doesn’t seem to regret his choice.

“It’s helped me a lot to change into who I am now, and I’m serving my country, something nobody else can do sometimes. And, I’m protecting my friends and family.¨

Morales anticipates serving his country for 8 years.

It is because of people like him and all our veterans, both living and dead, who have and continue to sacrifice themselves for us that Leyden students, faculty, and staff were off on Monday, November 12. It seems that the least we could do is take the time and thank these men and women who continuously risk their lives to keep ours safe.

Next time you have the day off of school because of Veteran’s Day, rather than simply seeing it as a day off of school, take the time to thank veterans like Morales since they have made the noble decision to serve our nation.

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Dulce Monreal, Business Manager
I am a senior at East Leyden High School. I am part of the English IV Journalism class. I look forward to this year being the best. I can't wait to work with new people and experiences new things. I am interested in taking pictures of exciting events and interviewing many people. After high school I would like to go to college and be a teacher in a poor country. I want to make a difference in those lives.

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    Edgar MarquezFeb 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    He worked hard and looks forward to work harder. He’s a good friend of mine!

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    Stephanie MNov 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I think that joining the military is a big decision and you should go for it if you’re really into doing that, but I think that it’s a bit scary for me because my older sister is about to start her basic training for the Air Force and my older brother just enlisted to the Air Force too.

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    GuadalupeNov 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    This is very inspiring, its kids like these that make a difference in peoples lives and community. Being a role model instead of going out and doing nothing with your life after high school.

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    Konrad FNov 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I think its amazing how many leydenm students join the military and help to protect our country.

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    YasmineNov 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

    This is a very good article. I think the setup and the writing was good. Most of us think veterans day is just a day off of school but its not. My grandpa, and unkle were in the marines so, usually veterans day is special to my family

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    Beni SmajlovicNov 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I believe many people overlook the whole point of Veteran’s day and only see it as a day off of school.

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    Brian MoralesNov 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

    That’s my brother! He is like a role model to me but in someways not. I can’t wait until I’m 17 so i can join the army.

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    Jackin JainNov 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I think he did great job by joining U.S. army and helping the country and he also worked hard.