LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)—Veteran's Day is a time to remember all those who served in our armed forces: those who returned home and those who didn't. For students at Logan High School, this Veteran's Day takes on new meaning.
The school held a Veteran's Day salute, honoring men and women who've fought, and one former Logan High School Ranger who died in Afghanistan April 5, 2012.
"People need to pay more attention and realize that it actually does happen, to a lot of families, that they get injured or die and they don't come back," said Paige Nobrega, a student at Logan.
Miranda, Paige and Hannah, three Logan students, didn't know Marine Cpl. Alex Martinez, but decided to raise money for a stone in his memory.
"We thought once a Logan Ranger, always a Logan Ranger," said Miranda Moore. "It's like a family tree."
Brandon Martinez is a senior at Logan and played alongside his is band-mates during the tribute to his big brother.
For students at Logan, this November 11 is a little more somber, as they send a message to the entire Martinez family.
"Just stay strong because their son or husband lost their lives doing something that they should be proud of," said Hannah Tilson, a Logan student.
Cpl. Alex Martinez joined the Marines right out of high school and served two tours in Afghanistan. He had just one month left when he was killed. He was 21 years old.
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