CGHS students and faculty gathered in the gymnasium for the momentous event, and respectfully conducted a glowing ceremony that filled most of those present with overwhelming emotion.
Before the ceremony began, CGHS Principal Linda Keck spoke about why such an occasion is important to the school, as well as the community.
“If it was not for these veterans, we wouldn’t have this school,” said Keck. She went on to say that the event was just a small gesture of appreciation, expressing great admiration and respect for those who have fought and died for the freedoms of this country.
The event of remembrance began with the Parade of Veterans. Individuals from each branch of the military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard — were celebrated and praised by students, faculty and family, alike, in heroic fashion.
CGHS students welcomed the veterans on Wednesday afternoon, and spoke about the importance of the honorary day. In acknowledgment of the courageous, students recited patriotic poetry, sang songs of heroic independence, narrated letters to veterans, and personally recognized special guests and World War II Veterans.
CGHS Principal Linda Keck ended the ceremony with these heartfelt words:
“Know that we love you. Know that we thank you, and know that we will always remember you,” said Keck in honor of all the veterans in attendance, and in recognition of the ones who still exist in the minds and hearts of the appreciative.
Adam Young is a Staff Writer for the Middlesboro Daily News. He can be contacted by e-mail at email@example.com.