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Former Cullman Mayor and United States Air Force veteran Max Townson performed his emotional rendition of “Ragged Old Flag” at Cullman High School’s Veterans Day program Thursday afternoon. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

Updated 11-8-19 at 9:16 p.m.

CULLMAN, Ala. – Veterans were honored Thursday at Cullman High School during an afternoon assembly in the school’s auditorium, where Principal Kim Hall welcomed veterans, families, faculty, staff and the entire student body.

Students from the school’s JROTC program presented the flag and acapella group Vocal Point performed the national anthem. Former Cullman Mayor and United States Air Force veteran Max Townson performed his emotional rendition of “Ragged Old Flag,” a performance that has become a greatly anticipated tradition.

Veterans were featured in a visual presentation and those in attendance were given a certificate of recognition and a flag. Veterans were asked to stand as their anthems were played during the “Armed Forces Medley.”

Students will be out of school Monday in observance of Veterans Day. The Cullman High School marching band on Saturday will travel to New York City, where they have been invited to perform in a Veterans Day celebration Tuesday at the Statue of Liberty.

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