Casey, Ill. (WCIA)

Students in Casey couldn’t celebrate Veterans Day their usual way this year.

So instead of hosting veterans inside their school, they honored them with a socially distanced parade.

Veterans gathered at Casey’s VFW and rode past the elementary, junior high, and high schools before coming back to Monroe Elementary for a hot to-go breakfast.

The students handed out cards, made signs, and waved American flags.

“Thank you for your service,” says Monroe teacher, Valentina Bohner. “You are the real heroes in our country today.”