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Kolda Elementary Opens in Honor of Veteran Namesake

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Zachary Kolda Elementary finally opened on Monday, some three months after the start of the school year, but Veterans Day actually turned out to be the perfect opportunity to welcome students and remember the fallen Marine that the school is named after.

There was a sea of red, white and blue at the new elementary school campus, located off of Rodd Field Road, as students helped to open up their brand new campus on Veterans Day. The Marines even showed up for a flag ceremony as everyone saluted the newest school in town.

The school is named after Zachary Kolda, a Marine who was killed in action in Iraq back in 2004. Kolda grew up in Corpus Christi, and was studying at the University of Texas when he was called to active duty.

Kolda's grandfather and grandmother showed up to speak to the students at the new school, which now bears their grandson's name.

"He read every book on the bookshelves that I have," said his grandfather, Frank Kolda. "So what was Zachary? He was a reader. He was a good reader. That's why I think he's an excellent role model for each one of you students."

"We were coming home from Barnes and Noble with another book, and he says, 'Grandma, I know I'm going to get in trouble tonight. I'll be reading in bed, and my mother and daddy will keep saying Zachary, turn that light off and go to sleep,'" said his grandmother, Martha Kolda. "He loved to read."

"It feels awesome, because I get to learn more about him, and I get to experience what it feels like to be in a brand new school," said Gianna Guajardo, a student at Kolda Elementary.

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