'You're pathfinders for 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.
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.
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.
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.