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October 02, 2012 | 04:20 PMWearing his uniform, Aaron Rogers mingled with the students at Williams Bay Elementary School after a special assembly in his honor on Friday.
No, that wasn't a misspelling.
This Aaron Rogers' uniform wasn't green and gold, but olive green and khaki camouflage.
And this Rogers is a member of a much larger team. The U.S. Navy.
Rogers, who attended Williams Bay elementary, is a 2009 graduate of Williams Bay High School. He joined the Navy after graduation and is now an E-3 construction man in the Seabees, the Navy's construction brigade.
Rogers was on leave from his assigned duties in Mississippi.
Barb Isaacson, school principal, said the assembly was an early observance of Veterans Day, which is usually Nov. 11.
In addition to Rogers, local veterans were invited to attend. Members of the Williams Bay American Legion post acted as honor guard and presented the colors.
Patriotic songs were featured, including a solo by elementary student Briana Thompson. She sang "Remember to Remember," a song honoring veterans. At the end of the assembly all of the youngsters sang "Proud of Our Veterans."
All veterans received special recognition at the assembly and were handed thank you notes from the students.
After the assembly, Rogers said he's had "several" tours of Afghanistan. He said he spent most of his time working at the U.S. airbase at Bagram.
The assembly was a surprise for Rogers. He was introduced by his friend, former teacher and former football coach Buddy Breen, who lauded Rogers, and all veterans, courage and dedication.
Rogers made no speech or comments at the assembly, but afterward he mingled with students, shook their hands, gave high-fives, and accepted small adhesive American flags, two of which he stuck to his uniform.
"He didn't know about it," said Rogers' sister, Allison Rogers of Williams Bay. "He thought he was going to hang out with Mr. Breen."
Rogers also spent his leave time visiting with his fiancee, Morgen Lagerhausen of Sharon; his older brother Noah Rogers, who is also a Navy veteran, and his parents, Dave and Mary Rogers of Williams Bay.
Rogers said his leave was short, and he was departing Sunday morning to return to duty.