TCHS Veteran's Day Celebration

Veteran's Day Program

Taylor County High School hosted its annual Veteran’s Day Program on Friday, November 9, 2018 in Citizens Bank Arena. The student-led program honored local Veterans.


TCHS senior Macy McAnelly welcomed all visitors and helped lead the program and TCHS sophomore Grayson Wise presented the Opening Reflection. TCHS junior Bobbie Beard read the poem “In Flanders Field” and TCHS junior Jesslynne Mann read “This One is for the Soldier.”


The Taylor County Band performed music throughout the event including The National Anthem, “Armed Forces Pride of America” while each branch of the military was honored (Army, Marines, Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Air Force), and “America the Beautiful” while those Veterans killed in action were remembered.


The Taylor County Choir sang “God Bless America,” which was led by TCHS Choir Director, Jericho McCoy and “Armed Forces Pride of America.”


Girl Scout Troop 1726 handed out Poppies to the Veterans to wear as a symbol of a soldier’s sacrifice.


TCHS sophomore Jaylin Cox and TCHS junior Levi Harmon recognized all Veterans that attended the ceremony. A special thank you to the following Veterans for their service and for attending the TCHS Veteran’s Day Program:


Jim Doug, Army - Vietnam

William Murphy, Army - Desert Storm

Terry Daffron, US Marine

Rodney Turpin, US Army

Kyle Cox, Army - Afghanistan

Clay Benningfield, Army - currently serving

Butch Wheatley, Marines - Vietnam

Gary Dugger,Army - Vietnam

Verlas Miller, Army

Donnie Clements, Army

Bobby Blair, Army - Vietnam

Verrel Clements, Army - Vietnam

Joe Fair, Army - Vietnam and Desert Storm

Jack Hamlin, Air Force

William Kearney, Army - Vietnam

Ford Tungate, Army - Korea

Richard T. Page, Army - Korean Conflict

Kenny Willis, Army - Vietnam

Pat Keefe, Army - Vietnam

Mike Russel, Army - Vietnam

Ricky Underwood, Army - Desert Storm

Michael Boots, Army/ National Guard

Randy Brichen, Army - Vietnam

Daryl Matthews, Army - Vietnam

Bill Perkins, Army - Vietnam

Buford Wilson, Army - WWII

Chris Buis, Army

John Benningfield, Army - Vietnam

Greg Chick, Army

Bonnie Langlois, Air Force - Vietnam

Bob Langlois, Air Force - Vietnam

Chris Goodin, Army Reserve

Oval Tapscot, Army - Vietnam

Thomas Spires, Army

Jonathan Hunt, Army/ National Guard

Joseph D. Brockman, Army - Vietnam

Larry Blakemen, Army - West Berlin

Clay Rogers, Army - WWII

Eugene Matney, Army - Vietnam

Kenny Ship, Army - Vietnam

Keith Cox, Army/ National Guard - Desert Storm/ Iraq

Phil Davis, Air Force - Vietnam

Steve Orr, Air Force - Vietnam

Ronnie Lemmon, Navy - Vietnam

Gary L. Merritt, Navy - Vietnam

Joey Buckman, Army

Donnie Munford, National Guard

James Merritt, Army - Vietnam

Charles Bland, Army, Vietnam

Jack Fields, Coast Guard - Vietnam

J.T. Rafferty, Air Force

Harley Ritchey, Navy - Vietnam

Gregg Parent, Navy

Winfrey Wise, Army - Vietnam

Jerry Williams, Navy - Vietnam

Smiley G. Wilson, Army - Korea

Larry Skaggs, Army - Vietnam


Representative John “Bam” Carney recognized dignitaries and special guests who were in attendance.

Taylor County High School FFA President and senior, Kelsie Perkins, read the meaning of the Folding of the American Flag while FFA Senior Officers folded.


TCHS sophomore Hannah Phillips introduced the guest speaker for the morning, Mr. Dean Stoops, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.


After Mr. Stoops presented, a video was shown that was created by English III and SAC students and TCHS freshman Kaylea Neely provided the closing remarks.


The Taylor County High School Culinary Department provided the brunch afterwards for the Veterans. Taylor County High School Fancy That Boutique donated a gift for the Guest Speaker.


Additionally, the TCHS Boys Basketball Team set up chairs for the celebration, the TCHS Volleyball Team ushered Veterans to their seats, FFA Junior Officers were in charge of parking lot duty, and the TCHS Art Department created patriotic table art to display at brunch,


Taylor County School District would like to thank TCHS English Teacher, Mrs. Lindsey McPherson, for coordinating the event and TCHS Assistant Principal, Jennifer Fitzpatrick, for helping with logistics and administrative support.


Folding of the American Flag

Veteran's Day Program

Veteran's Day Program

Veteran's Day Program


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