On Tuesday, November 11 Edwards 117 was filled with war veterans, kids, parents and a sense of honor for those who have been or are currently in a branch of the armed forces. Many people turned out for the ceremony, which was held at 11am on Veterans Day, to hear Lt. Col. John Drishell speak about the military and to honor those who fought.
The morning started with a presentation of the colors by VFW post 1184 of Pulaski. The Music Club sang National Anthem and the children from the Early Learning Center lead everyone in the pledge of allegiance. Mr. Dan Lookado welcomed the attendees, followed by a prayer led by Logan Whitt of Campus Crusade For Christ.
SGA President Joey Sclafani introduced Lt. Col. John Drishell. In his speech, Drishell talked about Wounded Warrior Care Week, and how the support systems were over-stretched pre September 11th, 2001 but they continue to reset themselves for the 21st century. He also spoke of how they are helping soldiers who come back from being deployed, with warrior transition programs and by partnering with local veterans’ groups.
Drishell said “There is no difference between today’s soldiers and their forebears. ” He also spoke of the many ways that community members can be supportive. He said that the greatest way to thank the veterans is to live your freedom.
At the end of Drishall’s speech, the audience heard the songs for each section of the armed forces, and the veterans were invited to stand for their song. Mr. Richard Goldberg then presented the winners of the Patriotic Art and Poetry Contest that was held for area children. Jane Kelly of The Daughters Of The American Revolution presented an award to Jenna Hardy of The Southwest Times for her many stories about veterans and their lives. Hardy is also the newest member of The Daughters Of The American Revolution. After the award was given there was a moment of silence for the Prisoners Of War and fallen soldiers. Benny Hill Sr. of VFW Post 1184 played taps following the silence.