Cedarville School District students met local law officers and explored military vehicles as part of the district’s Celebrate Freedom Day on Sept. 22.

Cedarville held the event to kick off Celebrate Freedom week, going on this week, as required by state law for social studies classes during the final week of September each year.

According to state law, the week is meant “to educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded.”

Cedarville Elementary School Principal Rebecca Reed organizes the district event each year.

“Most students just study during their social studies time,” Reed said. “We take it a step further.”

As part of Cedarville’s Celebrate Freedom Day events, students gathered at the football stadium to hear patriotic performances by the Cedarville High School band and hear from guest speakers including State Rep. Charlene Fite and local military personnel.

Students recited the Pledge of Allegiance and observed a moment of silence during the event. The high school band performed “God Bless the U.S.A.,” “America the Beautiful” and the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Students also were able to explore military, police and emergency vehicles.

“We want to bring it to life for our kids, we want them to hear real life stories and see for themselves what the military does for us,” Reed said.

Local law agencies that helped with the event include the Army National Guard, Cedarville Police Department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Cedarville Fire Department, Crawford County SWAT and the Crawford County Crime Scene Unit.

This week, students are following up the event with special curriculum in their social studies classes, Reed said.