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Veterans honored in ceremonies

Schools observe special day with tributes, meal


“OFF we go into the wild, blue yonder.” Air Force veterans, standing to be recognized as Big Blue Band plays USAF anthem (L-R), are Donald David, Tony Walko, James Jackson and Leo Dube. Those applauding (seated, L-R) include veterans Albert Davidson, Gene Luckey, Charlie Watson, Dave Phillips, Rod Roderick, Ernest Garza and Roy Becker. All branches of the military were honored. 
Reporter/Mike Brown “OFF we go into the wild, blue yonder.” Air Force veterans, standing to be recognized as Big Blue Band plays USAF anthem (L-R), are Donald David, Tony Walko, James Jackson and Leo Dube. Those applauding (seated, L-R) include veterans Albert Davidson, Gene Luckey, Charlie Watson, Dave Phillips, Rod Roderick, Ernest Garza and Roy Becker. All branches of the military were honored. Reporter/Mike Brown It was personal for at least two of the school personnel officiating at Veterans Day ceremonies Friday at three Rockdale ISD campuses.

Art Free, RHS science teacher and veteran of the Iraq War, pointed out after a video presentation that some of the photos shown at the end were of recently-enlisted Rockdale High School graduates.

“Just a couple of years ago they were sitting right where you are right now,” he pointed out to students.

And April Eschberger, junior-high principal, noted that the day also honors her father, a Vietnam vet.


What do they say about the apple not falling far from the tree? Flower Chamblee (R), 1994 graduate of Rockdale High School sang the national anthem at the junior-high program and daughter, sixth grader Ta’Shon Chamblee offered ‘God Bless America’. At left, elementary classes ‘adopted’ local veterans as heroes. What do they say about the apple not falling far from the tree? Flower Chamblee (R), 1994 graduate of Rockdale High School sang the national anthem at the junior-high program and daughter, sixth grader Ta’Shon Chamblee offered ‘God Bless America’. At left, elementary classes ‘adopted’ local veterans as heroes. “When he got off the plane coming home from Vietnam, he had rotten fruit and vegetables thrown at him by other Americans, those protesting policies which led to the U. S. being there,” she said. “But he knew that he was fighting for freedoms, including the right to protest.”

R HS— At R HS, Mor ga n Fischer and Anna Gay read t heir Voic e of Democrac y speeches. The annual contest is sponsored by VFW Post 6525.

Also taking part in the RHS observance were Corey McDonald, Lisa Vest, Casey Jerman, Keyanna Russell, Ansley Jenkins, Kay Kay McElw rath, Emily McCoy, Beth Davis, Lane Schweitzer, Jill Young and the RHS Big Blue Band under the direction of Adrian Acevedo.

RJH—In addition to Eschberger, t hose on t he R JH program were Pam Graham, Phong Vo, Flower Chamblee, Dustin Strelsky, Gerritt Davenpor t, Ta’Shon Chamblee and the RHS Big Gold Band under the direction of Lance Walker.

Walker played “Taps” on the trumpet.

ELEMENTARY—Taking part in the elementary ceremony, which included students from both the elementary and intermediate, were Max Hornung, Eve King, Hannah Lehmkuhl, Cady Barcak, Mia Lambright, Jace Robinson, Maddy Moody, Nic Brindle, Elysia Ruelas and Nathan Newlin.

Melinda Perez of the RHS Big Blue Band played “Taps” on the trumpet.

Both elementary and intermediate students, under the direction of music teacher Leslie Hasselbach, sang several numbers for the assembled veterans and visitors.

It was the first major public event held in the elementary g ym since the 75- year- old building was air conditioned during the summer.



At left, Lt. Col Art Free, an RHS science teacher and veteran of the Baghdad ‘green zone’ during the War on Terror, was master of ceremonies at RHS. Silver Star winner Carroll Quinn was recognized. The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States in combat and is the third highest military award which can be bestowed by the U. S. At left, Lt. Col Art Free, an RHS science teacher and veteran of the Baghdad ‘green zone’ during the War on Terror, was master of ceremonies at RHS. Silver Star winner Carroll Quinn was recognized. The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States in combat and is the third highest military award which can be bestowed by the U. S.

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