NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Veterans Day was officially celebrated earlier this week, but musically inclined students at a Nashville elementary school started the celebration a few days earlier.
The crowd filed in and the audio technicians made sure everything's in working order.
"Belmont just took us on as a project," said Rita Carpenter, a music teacher at Gower Elementary School.
"It's sounding great," said Dan Wujcik of Belmont University. "I can't wait to hear this."
Students recorded a tribute to members of the Armed Forces, past and present.
"We are having a Veterans Day Celebration and we're going to honor the veterans at the hospital and all the veterans," Carpenter said. "We are making a CD and we're going to deliver that CD and tape players to veteran's hospital on Friday."
It's a big job especially explaining to the students why the occasion is so important.
"I talked to them personally about what a veteran is," she said. "The first comment was, they didn't know one. And so we had to take that and say, ‘Yes you do, these are people you know or you've heard about.'"
"We sang for the veterans that are in the hospital and that are very sick and some of them are hurt very bad and we wanted to thank them for fighting for our country," said one student.
The students proudly sang America's favorite tunes.
At least one parent was proud for another reason.
Lanita Hatcher's son performed a duet.
"He sang, in my opinion, it should have been a solo," she said before chuckling.
But she was also there to support the school.
"They do a lot of things with the kids," she said. "I think Gower has really stepped it up, stepped up their game so to speak, in the last couple of years. We were hesitant to do public school, and we have been very, very pleased here."
"I think they're going to feel happy and grateful that we sang this for them because, now they know that we respect them and care for them," said one student.
The students also prepared gift baskets to go along with their CD for the veterans.