• KILLEEN, Texas - Maj. Dan Legereit, of Metropolis, Ill., the executive officer for 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, asks students at Trimmier Elementary School what freedom means to them. Legereit, along with nearly 40 Soldiers from 4-227th, visited the school to help the children and faculty memorialize the events of 9/11, Sept. 10.

    KILLEEN, Texas - Maj. Dan Legereit, of...

    KILLEEN, Texas - Maj. Dan Legereit, of Metropolis, Ill., the executive officer for 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, asks students at Trimmier Elementary School what freedom...

  • KILLEEN, Texas - RJ Riley (right), 9, a third grader at Trimmier Elementary School, races Sgt. Dillard Hughes, from San Jose, Calif., a generator mechanic with Company E, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, before the start of the schools 9/11 remembrance ceremony, Sept. 10. Nearly 40 Soldiers visited Trimmier Elementary School to help with the morning's events which included a flag folding ceremony and the annual Freedom Walk.

    KILLEEN, Texas - RJ Riley (right), 9, a third...

    KILLEEN, Texas - RJ Riley (right), 9, a third grader at Trimmier Elementary School, races Sgt. Dillard Hughes, from San Jose, Calif., a generator mechanic with Company E, 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry...

  • KILLEEN, Texas - A student from Trimmier Elementary School waves his flag during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, Sept. 10. The children all had a flag which they waved throughout the mornings events. After multiple presentations and performances by the schools choir, Soldiers from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, walked around school with the students and faculty during their annual Freedom Walk.

    KILLEEN, Texas - A student from Trimmier...

    KILLEEN, Texas - A student from Trimmier Elementary School waves his flag during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, Sept. 10. The children all had a flag which they waved throughout the mornings events. After multiple presentations and performances by the...

  • KILLEEN, Texas -  After a morning of presentations and activities, the students of Trimmier Elementary School and Soldiers from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, walk around the school during the annual Freedom Walk, Sept. 10.

    KILLEEN, Texas - After a morning of...

    KILLEEN, Texas - After a morning of presentations and activities, the students of Trimmier Elementary School and Soldiers from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, walk around the...

  • KILLEEN, Texas - Students from Trimmier Elementary School and Soldiers from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, cheer and shout patriotic slogans during the school's annual Freedom Walk. The walk is in remembrance and conjunction with the events of 9/11.

    KILLEEN, Texas - Students from Trimmier...

    KILLEEN, Texas - Students from Trimmier Elementary School and Soldiers from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, cheer and shout patriotic slogans during the school's annual...

KILLEEN, Texas - Soldiers from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, took part in a patriotic adopt-a-school event with the children and faculty of Trimmier Elementary School, Sept. 10.

In an effort to reach out to the local community, Soldiers from 4th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, attended Trimmier Elementary's 9/11 remembrance ceremony and annual Freedom Walk.

The morning's events included multiple presentations and songs by the schools choir, an essay contest, a flag folding demonstration, and remarks by guest speaker, Maj. Dan Legereit, from Metropolis, Ill., the executive officer for 4-227th.

Legereit spoke to the students about the meaning of freedom and encouraged them to interact during his presentation.

"They understand what freedom means. They truly ... understand their choice for education and religion and the freedoms that they have," said Legereit. "They seem very, very gracious to have that freedom."

The faculty found the presentations by the Soldiers inspiring and worthwhile.

"It was great to have Maj. Dan Legereit out there. He was very interactive with the crowd. The kids really liked ... the interaction with him," said Daniel Helvetius Jr., a counselor for Trimmier Elementary School.

"And the flag-folding ceremony was awesome. I've never seen kids participate in it like that," he added.

The mass of children waved small flags throughout the morning activities - including a parade-like walk around the school - complete with banners - while chanting slogans of freedom.

Red, white and blue saturated the event, along with smiles and laughter from the students, faculty and Soldiers.

This demonstration of patriotism impressed Legereit, making him feel comfortable about the nation's future.

"I think it shows that the next generation of our country is in good hands. They're being brought up the way they need to to carry on the freedoms we hold dear," said Legereit.

With such a close, military-based community in Killeen, 4-227th and Trimmier Elementary School look forward to many more events like this, said Helvetius.

"There is a lot of patriotism and a lot of love here and a lot of cooperation between the unit and us to do more events," he said.

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