On Friday, November 10, 2017, Taylor County High School hosted its annual Veterans Day Celebration. Veterans and their families from surrounding areas were invited to attend.
TCHS senior, Lexi Raikes, welcomed the Veterans and TCHS senior, Sami Jo Smith, presented the opening reflection. The award-winning Taylor County High School Band led The National Anthem for the audience, which was followed by TCHS junior Molly Pyles’ “Meaning of Veterans Day.” The Taylor County High School Band and Choir performed “Armed Forces Pride of America” while Veterans stood as the song of their service was played. Lexi Raikes then read the names of the Veterans who were in attendance and each one was recognized with applause from the audience.
State Representative Bam Carney thanked the Dignitaries who were present: Mr. Roger D. Cook, Mayor Tony Young, Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton, Taylor County PVA Chad Shively, State Senator Max Wise, and Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney. Representative Carney also thanked the Veterans for their service to our country and pointed out to the students that they were in the presence of real heros.
The TCHS Band honored the Veterans that were killed in action while the names were played on the video boards.
Taylor County FFA President, Megan Underwood, and FFA Senior Officers presented the folding of the American Flag and spoke of its significance.
Mrs. Christie Goodhue, a representative from Quilts of Honor, discussed the charity with students and displayed a quilt that they made to present to Veterans.
TCHS sophomore Raegan Mardis was the student speaker and the AP Government Students created a Veterans Day Slide Show.
Lastly, TCHS junior, Madison Page, gave the closing remarks before the Veterans attended brunch in their honor that was held in the auditorium.
In addition to the celebration, Mrs. Neal’s kindergarten class and Mrs. McAnelly’s English classes wrote letters for each Veteran and the Taylor County Intermediate School Girl Scouts made Poppy Pins for each Veteran.