Hand over heart, students at Three Lakes Middle School showed their appreciation to local Veterans at a ceremony on Friday.

Former U.S. Army flight medic Patrick Rodgers is just one of the many parents and former service members invited to attend.

“We always appreciate it when the younger generations recognize what the Vets do,” Rodgers said.

He says watching the students show their appreciation for older generations of Veterans is a promising sign of the military’s future.

“These are our future military people,” Rodgers said.