Local veterans honored at West Point High School

Josh McBrayer

WEST POINT – It was a unique morning on the campus of West Point High School Thursday when students and faculty alike paid homage to veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

As students and guests poured into Jim Boyd Gymnasium, you could not help but be overcome with pride. From the student ambassadors who led the packed gym in the Pledge of Allegiance to the students who sat in quiet awe to the first-fourth graders who honored their country and the plethora of veterans in attendance through song, it was a sight to behold.

West Point Student Government Representative Taylor Powell welcomed the veterans and guests to the annual Veterans Day program, then the West Point JROTC program was ushered in by principal Heith Yearwood as they presented America’s colors while the national anthem was played by the West Point High School Band.

Bailee Yearwood led all in attendance in a heartfelt prayer, after which Anna Hancock gave a brief introduction to the program.

The fourth grade started the program with a rousing song about the love of the USA. The second grade followed with a melody of different patriotic songs. Kohen Lovett then gave an explanation of the meaning of Veterans Day.

Second grade followed with another song simply entitled “America,” while the third grade followed with the Lee Greenwood classic, “God Bless the USA.” Sarah Wright shared the anecdote, “I am the Flag.” The first grade was next with a pair of songs, “When the Flag Goes By” and “I Love My Country.” Keaton Cappell the read a poem entitled “To Every Veteran.”

The highlight of the program came when West Point Band Director Ty Parker led the band in the “Armed Forces Medley,” featuring every branch of military service. Veterans were asked to stand and be recognized when their branch’s hymn was played.

The program was closed with a moment of silence and the playing of taps.


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