HI HAT – Students at South Floyd High School took time out to honor those who have served in a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 13.
Students and faculty honored the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #128 of Minnie. The group of veterans brought the colors into Raider Arena while Senior Audrey Caudill opened the ceremony with a touching performance of the National Anthem.
Tim Cline, a retired Army veteran and former South Floyd teacher, spoke about his service including his tours of duty in Afghanistan and the tragedy of 9/11 which prompted him to join the military.
“(9/11) A turning point in my life,” said Cline to the crowd. “ (I) forged friendships that can’t be duplicated anywhere but war.”
A special presentation, highlighting the Seven Core Army Values, were made by students; Kamryn Shannon (Loyalty), Reese Terry (Duty), Brook Stumbo (Respect), Jacob Williams (Selfless Service), Sarah Akers (Honor), Lucas Frazier (Integrity), and Laken Springer (Personal Courage). Bobby Akers, presenter and South Floyd teacher, lead the student body in heartfelt thanks to the DAV and all veterans for our freedom.
DAV Sergeant Tracy Stumbo told students during the event, “Korea and Vietnam didn’t end well, and soldiers weren’t honored as they should have been. After 9/11, veterans were appreciated more. But it was the Iraqi invasion that really helped change veteran appreciation.”
Mary Slone, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary (DAVA) member and South Floyd teacher, asked for a moment of silence for fallen Raider, Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan Thornsberry, who lost his life while conducting combat operations in Iraq in 2006.
The entire student body stood in line to shake hands with and thank the DAV members for their service.
This event was sponsored by the South Floyd Youth Services Center.
Jackson Latta can be reached at (606) 886-8506