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Students, staff, community members, but most importantly, veterans attended our annual program to honor our veterans Wednesday. The program; which was a collaborative effort of students, staff and the PTO; was emceed by the Student Government Association (SGA) president, Zyriah Meadows. The program opened with the Central Honor Guard posting the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by sixth graders Alizabeth Cowart, Braylon Murray and Henley Stevens and the national anthem, played by the Central band, directed by Mr. Daryl Ingram.
SGA member Kali Snell shared the history of the poppy flower as a symbol of remembrance for the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, and then SGA recited the poem “In Flanders Fields.” Sixth graders Keundre Davis, Camryn McCain and Ke’Shaun Willingham then shared the significance of each item on the Fallen and Missing Soldiers’ Table. Mr. Ingram then led the elementary students in performing “An American Song.”
Zyriah then welcomed the guest speaker for the program, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Meadows. Lieutenant Colonel Meadows is a native of Coosa County with a distinguished career of military service. His message was hope; no matter where you begin you can succeed and to do it with honor. The audience was then treated to a PowerPoint that features veterans past and present of Coosa County who have served in the U.S. military.
The band closed out the program by playing the service medleys with veterans standing as their particular service medley was played. Thank you to all our veterans who were able to attend; we are thankful for your service and the opportunity to honor you.