Col. Jefferson Dunn was the guest speaker at the WHS veterans program on Thursday morning. Photo by Peggy Blackburn
Col. Jefferson Dunn was the guest speaker at the WHS veterans program on Thursday morning. Photo by Peggy Blackburn

Wetumpka High School program recognizes military veterans

Published 11:39am Thursday, November 14, 2013

Students listened respectfully Thursday morning as U.S. military veterans were honored during Wetumpka High’s annual ceremony honoring veterans. The school’s gymnasium was filled with students and teachers – most dressed in red, white or blue – along with about two dozen veterans present as honored guests.

“We are forever grateful for what you did for this country and for all of us,” WHS principal Cindy Veazey told the veterans.

The program included special music, readings and a keynote address by Col. Jefferson Dunn from Maxwell Air Force Base.

“This doesn’t happen all across our country any more like it used to,” said Dunn, referring to the school assembly. “I am proud to be here and be a part of it.”

Dunn shared stories of military veterans and their bravery and accomplishments. He also explained the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and presented a brief history of Veterans Day.

“I would like you to do three things,” Dunn told students. “Reflect on the sacrifices made for this country, the blessings you have here and the freedom to pursue your dreams and speak your mind.

“Honor our veterans. Find a tangible way to honor a vet, even if it is just saying thank you.

“Serve. Give of your time to serve your family, your church, your school, your community. You need to understand life isn’t all about getting. The universe is not centered on you.”

Included in the day’s ceremonies was a special flag folding ceremony conducted by a team from the Prattville High School Air Force JROTC. Flags were presented to Shirley DeVenney in honor of Jack DeVenney and to Carl Thomas in honor of Rusty Thomas.

A team of Wetumpka High JROTC cadets also made a special presentation to create a display of rifle/bayonet, boots and head covering.

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