Bixby Elementary School honored active military service personnel and veterans during an annual schoolwide event just before the recent Veterans Day holiday.
Nearly 20 veterans, some of them related to students, were honored at the event, which included a flag-raising ceremony.
Principal Sam Platis presented plaques to the veterans on the school’s playground as students cheered and waved American flags.
Honorees included former Bixby student John Harris, who last attended the school as a sixth grader in 1963. Also honored was Mike Murray, a longtime Long Beach Unified School District volunteer who is chairman of the U.S. Vets Long Beach Advisory Council.