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'You're pathfinders for today's military'

Veterans honored at all four school campuses Nov. 11
By MIKE BROWN

Honored at Rockdale High School last Wednesday: Front (L-R) Rod Roderick, Ken Clark, John Russell, Heather Hathaway (speaker), Jerry Faulk (speaker), Art Free, Richard Henderson, Luke Dymon, Clifford Salvatore, Harry Ramey, Ralph Roe; second row, Cecil Hicks, Tim Guthrie, Len Estes, Clifford Caffey, Jim Currey, Gene Luckey, Charlie Watson, Andrew Robertson, Tony Walko, Jim Luecken, Susan Free, Eddie Davidson, Albert Davidson; third row, Derik Strelsky, Wilhelm Backhaus, Doug Smith, Claude Spence, Cecil Cook, Candelario Jimenez, Bill Cardwell, Frank Burrough, Roy Becker, Otto Brogger, Larry McAdams, Herbert Dupre. Honored at Rockdale High School last Wednesday: Front (L-R) Rod Roderick, Ken Clark, John Russell, Heather Hathaway (speaker), Jerry Faulk (speaker), Art Free, Richard Henderson, Luke Dymon, Clifford Salvatore, Harry Ramey, Ralph Roe; second row, Cecil Hicks, Tim Guthrie, Len Estes, Clifford Caffey, Jim Currey, Gene Luckey, Charlie Watson, Andrew Robertson, Tony Walko, Jim Luecken, Susan Free, Eddie Davidson, Albert Davidson; third row, Derik Strelsky, Wilhelm Backhaus, Doug Smith, Claude Spence, Cecil Cook, Candelario Jimenez, Bill Cardwell, Frank Burrough, Roy Becker, Otto Brogger, Larry McAdams, Herbert Dupre. Veterans don't have to worry about being forgotten by today's military.

Army Command Sgt. Major Jerry Faulk, keynote speaker for last Wednesday's Veterans Day program in the high school auditorium, made that clear.

"You veterans are the pathfinders for today's military," he said. "You're not behind us, you're beside us."

Sgt. Faulk said he appreciates one motto he saw during training, one that illustrates the message today's military has from veterans.

It was a red, white and blue afternoon in the elementary gym as students in grades K-2 offered the final program of Veterans Day. It was a red, white and blue afternoon in the elementary gym as students in grades K-2 offered the final program of Veterans Day. "We'll take it from here," is the motto.

More activities

In addition to the morning program at RHS, the intermediate campus hosted a continental breakfast for veterans and a noon luncheon was provided in the junior-high commons.

The school day ended with a musical program, and audience sing-along, by grades kindergarten through two in the elementary cafetorium.

High school

In addition to Sgt. Faulk's speech, Staf f Sgt. Heather Hathaway addressed the high school audience.

She termed the veterans bei ng honored "ord i na r y, extraordinary" individuals.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Art Free, an RHS science teacher and Iraq veteran, was master of ceremonies. He presented a video based on a battle during the Vietnam War and its effects on surviving veterans.

Lacy Hill and D'Ebony Brooks presented, and retired, the colors.

Keynote speaker Command Sgt. Major Jerry Faulk received a standing ovation led by veterans. Faulk, a South Carolina native, has received numerous awards and medals and has served in many combat assignments. Keynote speaker Command Sgt. Major Jerry Faulk received a standing ovation led by veterans. Faulk, a South Carolina native, has received numerous awards and medals and has served in many combat assignments. Invocation was by Jacob Gerren and Haley Johnson gave the benediction.

The national anthem and the musical selection "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier" were presented by the RHS Choir, under the direction of Mary Ray.

The RHS Big Blue, under the direction of Joe Ray, played a medley of anthems from all branches of the U. S. Armed Services

Rockdale High School's Golden Girls, under the direction of Desiree Marshall and Sarah Cleveland, dedicated a presentation to the veterans.

Corolyn Holub read her winning Voice of Democracy essay in a taped presentation.

Holub was attending dual credit college classes at Temple College-Cameron and was unable to participate in person.

Other Voice of Democracy essay participants were Waylon

Boyd, Reed Davidson, MeMe Davis, Clemente Diaz, Kathryn Dodd, Justin Gadison, Christian Gonzales, Amauri Herrera, Kevin Kelley, Chelsey Muston, Hailey Offield, Krista Phillips, Kassie Roddam, Sarah Snelson, Michael Tindle, Rikki VanHorn, Heath Webb and Brittany Willems.

Veterans Day always brings out some emotions. From left, veterans Roy Becker, Frank Burrough, Eddie Davidson, Albert Davidson. Veterans Day always brings out some emotions. From left, veterans Roy Becker, Frank Burrough, Eddie Davidson, Albert Davidson. Janiece Lee was Voice of Democracy contest coordinator. Richard Henderson, VFW Post 6525 handed out participation certificates.

Air Force veterans Ken Clark (L) and Tony Walko stand during playing of USAF anthem by RHS Big Blue Band. Veterans from each branch of armed services stand when their anthem is performed. Air Force veterans Ken Clark (L) and Tony Walko stand during playing of USAF anthem by RHS Big Blue Band. Veterans from each branch of armed services stand when their anthem is performed.


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