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WASHINGTON — To share their holiday cheer, students from Centura Elementary School in Cairo, Neb., recorded a carol for troops serving overseas.

And thanks to their U.S. senator, it’s already in the troops’ Christmas stockings.

The 20-second video is available via Sen. Ben Nelson’s Web site, as a reminder to the troops that they’re still in the thoughts and prayers of state residents.

“It’s just an opportunity to bring our hometowns to our heroes abroad,” said Nelson, D-Neb. “People do remember the troops, and they do want to express their thanks, but there’s not always a chance to do it.”

Staff at his Nebraska office have set up a camera to film anyone who wishes to send a 20-second video message to the troops. On Friday, the first crowd of locals stopped by, including the families of several troops currently serving in Iraq.

All of the clips gathered between now and mid-January will be uploaded to the site, where troops with Internet access can download and view them.

In addition, Nelson has asked anyone interested in the project who can’t visit his office to e-mail video to proud_nebraskan@bennelson.senate.gov, and has promised to post those videos as well.

So far, several Nebraska schools and radio stations have sent in clips.

Nelson said several other congressmen have also asked for advice on how to copy the program in their states, and he expects to see more holiday video sites online soon.

Watch the videos:Sen. Ben Nelson’s Web site

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