Dozens of Knox County students met one of our nation's heroes, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Colonel Bruce Crandall spoke to students at Cedar Bluff Middle School on Tuesday.
Colonel Crandall is from Washington State, and was drafted into the Army in 1953. He received the Medal of Honor in 2007 for his heroic actions while fighting in Vietnam in the '60s.
His stop is part of the new Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Character Development Program at the school, which teaches students about loyalty and service.
"And this is the first one in the whole United States to do that and represent our society and board. So I would really like for them to see a true hero, Colonel Crandall who is a humble guy, and a guy who was committed to what he was called to do, and they can do that too in whatever life path they choose to take," said Tim Smith, social studies teacher.
After the program, Colonel Crandall awarded the school a Medal of Honor flag. Cedar Bluff Middle School is the first school in the nation to receive this honor.