Students from across Rhode Island will be in East Greenwich on Thursday to honor local veterans.
The second annual Rhode Island Veterans Appreciation Day will be held at East Greenwich High School from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. More than 800 students are expected to attend.
More than 80 veteran who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and current-day conflicts will be on hand. They will be interviewed by students in small groups.
Rhode Island native Col Babcock, who won the Silver Star, will speak.
"The objective is to help students better understand what it means to serve in the military and to allow students the opportunity to express their thanks and appreciation for veterans' service," the schools said in a statement.
The event is being sponsored by the Suzanne M. Henseler Foundation.