By CHENYA O’HARA
Due to the 2018 Veteran’s Day falling on a Sunday, HCHS held its ceremony on Monday, November 12.
First, Centerville Mayor Gary Jacobs and Hickman County Mayor Mark Bentley spoke and were then followed by Lieutenant Colonel Price, First Sergeant Riley, Cadet Lieutenant Garrett Cochran, and Cadet Command Sergeant Major Raquel Zitta.
The band performed the national anthem (among other songs), and the choir performed The Tribute to the Armed Forces. The Color Guard presented an array of flags before the national anthem was performed and the veterans were recognized by name, conflict, and branch of the military. A table ceremony honored each branch of the military, with the branches visually represented by their uniform caps. The American flag was then folded by a group of JROTC cadets, followed by other choir and band performances, until the closing remarks were made by Lieutenant Colonel Price.
Including Lieutenant Colonel Price and First Sergeant Riley, a total of 45 veterans attended the ceremony. Of those, 29 were in the Army, 8 were in the Navy, 4 were in the Air Force, and 4 were Marines. 2 Purple Heart recipients were also mentioned.
Also in attendance were the students and teachers from Hickman County Middle School, who came to support the veterans of their community.
EHHS held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 9. At EHHS certain students were chosen to lead the pledge and prayer, and the school library was dedicated to a Medal of Honor recipient.
A big thank you again to all veterans for their acts of heroism and service!