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Veteran receives special suprise from his 3rd grade students

CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - On this Veteran’s Day, we are reminded of one of the many freedoms we get from those who serve our country; the ability to get an education.

Julia Lee Moore Elementary School in Conway honored someone who gave them this freedom, as well as someone who provides it first-hand.

Third grade teacher William Brown wore a full U.S. Air Force uniform at the school assembly Wednesday morning. Sgt. Brown received dozens of awards over his 25 years of service. 

However, Wednesday may have been his greatest honor of all. He received a surprise recognition from his students.

“When I saw all the kids singing and smiling, it brought tears to my eyes,” said Sgt. Brown.

Sgt. Brown has been a teacher at Julia Lee Moore for 5 1/2 years. And even after Sgt. Brown served four tours, those being in Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, he still believes teaching can be an even bigger challenge. 

“It's the hardest job I’ve ever had being a teacher, but the most rewarding job,” said Sgt. Brown.

He also served in Desert Storm, and stayed on an American base in Saudi Arabia.

“Working all night, trying to sleep during the day and hearing the kids outside playing. I figure, if I’m not going to sleep, I can at least go out there and see if there's something I can do,” said Sgt. Brown.

“Throughout the week we worked on a book, and at the end of the week, she stood up in front of the class and read that book to everybody,” said Sgt. Brown.

So, now he will continue serving, but this time for his students.

“I’ll teach until they tell me I have to go,” said Sgt. Brown.

He retires on December 5, 2015.