SABATTUS — Erin Black thought she’d be OK introducing her dad, two uncles and an aunt to her school. But moments in, her throat closed and her words ceased.
“I don’t know what happened,” the 14-year-old said later, still choking back tears. Her dad, Gary Black, stood nearby. His eyes were red and puffy.
“I never get a chance to tell them how proud I am,” Erin said.
That’s what the annual Memorial Day service at Sabattus Central School was meant to do.
Fathers, grandfathers, cousins and friends — veterans all — stood by while their eighth-grader introduced them. The intro included years served and where. Then, the kids spoke about why they were proud.
Erin Black called her dad “an American hero.”
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