Students at Grand Island's Walnut Middle School paid tribute to a Grand Island native killed this week while serving his country in Iraq.
Letters to the family of U.S. Marine Private Noah Boye were written on red, white and blue paper, while yellow ribbons were tied to trees outside the school.
Boye was a former Walnut Middle School student and a 2001 Grand Island Senior High graduate. The 21 year old died on Tuesday. His death was the result of injuries suffered after coming under enemy fire near Fallujah.
It had previously been reported that he died on Monday, but the date of death has now been confirmed with military authorities as Tuesday.
Walnut teacher Chuck DeWitt says the reality of the situation could be seen on students faces Thursday as they observed a moment of silence before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
DeWitt says we preach that freedom is not free but he says he did not know if it makes as much sense until something like this happens.