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SMES Honors Veterans

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1:31 pm

SMES honors vetwsA Veteran’s Day program was held Thursday November 6, at Swiss Memorial Elementary School. Thirty-two Veterans were honored at the program. Director of Schools, Dr. David Dickerson began the ceremony with a meet and greet with the Veterans before Renee Grooms welcomed everyone. Jeremy Robinson gave the invocation and Sarah Kilgore, Madison Davis, and Tori Tate led the Pledge of Allegiance. Teresa Shrum sang the National Anthem while Ethan Meeks, Eric Andrews, Daniel James, Haleigh Magouirk, Kimber Thomas, Chelsea Smith, and Destiny Green recited poems for the occasion. Angela Fults’ second grade class sang a song. Ray Winton was the keynote speaker for the day. He spoke of how our country had been in war for many years and discussed the different wars and the result of each one. He said, “Your freedom came with a price. The sacrifices were not only made by the soldiers but also by their families.” He ended by thanking the veterans and telling everyone we were “blessed to live in the U.S.A.” This was the third year SMES had the Sequachie Valley Honor Guard at the ceremony. They continued the program by doing a 21-gun salute followed by a beautiful rendition of “Taps” by their bugler. The outdoor program concluded with the flag folding ceremony and presentation of the flag to Renee Grooms on behalf of the President of The United States of America. Refreshments were served to the Veterans and their families after the program. SMES would like to express their thanks to the Sequachie Valley Honor Guard and other veterans, Ray Winton, Roy from Dr. Pepper, Wal-Mart, the Veteran’s Day Committee, members of the staff for helping with the food, and especially Sandy Kilgore for all of her hard work to make this day a great success. They would also like to commend the students for their excellent and respectful behavior during the program.