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Cpl. Julio McGraw and Lance Cpl. Dave Flores, combat correspondents, Headquarters Battalion, answer students’ questions during a visit to La Contenta Middle School in Yucca Valley, Calif., Nov. 30, 2016. Don Henry, a teacher at the middle school, coordinates the event annually in an effort to teach his students about the military while giving them a chance to show their appreciation in the form of letters. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Medina Ayala-Lo/Released)

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Students of La Contenta show appreciation for Combat Center Marines

1 Dec 2016 | Cpl. Ayala-Lo Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Marines with the Combat Center’s Public Affairs Office visited La Contenta Middle School to answer student’s questions and receive letters of support, Nov. 30, 2016.

Don Henry, a teacher at the middle school, coordinates the event annually in an effort to inspire a sense of patriotism in the students while also providing them an opportunity to show their appreciation for members of the military.

“I was in the Army when I was in my early twenties and it gave me a huge sense of patriotism,” Henry said. “My students write letters that can and have made a difference to people who are serving. I teach my students before they write that freedom isn’t free, it’s payed for. Whether the Marines are deployed around the world or on base, if they read letters from middle school students about who they are and what they do, it could lift their spirits.”

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