The gymnasium of Todd County Central High School was filled with students and community members as they honored veterans during their annual Veteran’s Day program Friday morning.
Attendees applauded and waved flags as the veterans marched to their seats, and were able to learn about the Missing Soldier Table and what the 13 folds of the flag mean at the ceremony. The keynote speaker was intended to be Retired Brigadier General Charles Jones, but he was unable to attend due to a sudden family emergency.
In his place was Fort Knox Bluegrass Challenge Academy Assistant Director Troy Hampton, who thanked Todd County for their excellent program and then read words provided to him by Brigadier General Jones.
He says Veteran’s Day is meant to celebrate many things, but most specifically, the strength of the bravery and will of service men and women who fight to shape the world into one of peace.
He called for everyone to thank those who have served in the armed forces for the prices they have paid for freedom.
Sophmore Julia Martin placed first in the school essay competition and she read it for the crowd, remembering and honoring her great uncle, who died in the Korean War, and thanking the veterans.
The 4H Troupe sang the national anthem while Senior Class President Ralphy Gardner read the poem “Flanders Fields”. Three World War II veterans were in attendance, and were recognized and received a token of appreciation for their service.