By SHERRY DIGMON
Flomaton Elementary School and Flomaton High School held a combined Veterans Day program Thursday, November 9.
FES Principal Courtney McBride began the program by talking about that day’s vocabulary word – gratitude. “We appreciate you with deep gratitude,” she told veterans in the audience.
Presentation of the flag and Pledge of Allegiance were led by
Student Bear Brown presented the flag and led in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mrs. Lanier’s first grade class presented “How Do You Tell a Veteran Thank You?” in sign language.
Student Quentin Lane welcomed veterans and recognized branches of service, as FES students presented the Armed Forces Medley.
Student Shakara Bradley introduced the guest speaker veteran Chuck Thornton.
“In the word veteran, the word freedom is implied. In freedom, safety is implied,” Thorton said.
“ … If rules of law break down, you’re going to lose freedom and safety.”
He talked briefly about the first and second Bill of Rights:
- Freedom of religion, speech, ability to gather
- Right to bear arms
“You win wars by educating people,” he said. “ … Constantly think of better ways to do things … always show respect – listen, learn, educate yourself.”
He closed by telling the student body to take time to thank a veteran.
As the program continued, the FHS Marching Band presented “Patriotic Bits and Pieces.” Fifth-grade students did readings on the Fallen Comrade Table. FHS band member Ja-Ni’yah Thomas played Taps.
Rebecca Fore sang the “Star Spangled Banner.
FHS Principal Mark Harbison gave closing remarks.
A reception followed the program.