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OKLAHOMA CITY -- It's been an emotional day at one metro elementary school. Classmates spent the morning honoring and remembering three of their classmates killed in the May storms.

The young victims were honored in a special garden ceremony.

There were few dry eyes in the crowd of youngsters and teachers.

The young students at Overholser Elementary were growing up fast today. Three crepe myrtles trees were planted for their friends Lesly, Cristofer, and Brandon Santos.

The three were swept away in floodwaters during the spring storms in northwest Oklahoma City. For teachers too this day is difficult.

Brandon Santos’ friends are too young to realize what had happened. They searched the school ground for Brandon on the first day of class; not understanding why he wasn't there.

This special day was meant for closure. It brought back memories and feelings that had not been expressed until today for Christopher Santos’ teacher, Bailee Sossamon.

There was a slideshow with pictures of the three Santos’ kids and teachers tried their best to explain what a memorial is and why they were holding one today. For most, the words of Brandon’s little friend, Jay DeLeon sums it up best.

"I just wish he could come back again."