The contributions of American historical, big and small, earned them a place in the hearts of their countrymen, history books and, on Wednesday morning, inspired numerous costumes and speeches as students from Valley Christian Academy participated in the school's annual American Heritage Day celebration. Held each year on or near Halloween (the school previously held the event every February as a tie in to Presidents' Day), the event tasks students with learning about the different men and women who have made contributions to American society. "Patriotism is a distinctive of Valley Christian Academy," explained Charles Mason, the school's 6-foot-4-inch tall principal who makes a habit of dressing as Abraham Lincoln every year. "We're proud of our country and, while we're not perfect, there are many laudable things to be acknowledged and recognized in America."