Carlisle County School held Veterans Day Celebration
By Lilly Morefield
On November 10, a Veterans Day Celebration was held at the Carlisle County School. Before the program began, all veterans and families enjoyed a breakfast served in the Commons Area.
Elementary, Middle School and High School students gathered at the high school gym to honor local military veterans.
The program began with veterans procession, invocation was given by Abigail Lanier FFA Chaplin.
The national Anthem was performed by CCMS and CCHS Choir, Soloist, Tori Benson, "America" by kindergarten and first grade students, "America the Beautiful" by second and third grand students, "God Bless America" was performed by fourth and fifth grade students, all directed by Christina Stanfield.
Student representation was given by Joel Reddick FFA Chapter President.
Keynote Speaker was Sergeant Major (retired) Ken Barriger. Who spoke on war heroes and gave a brief history on a relative Dupe Willingham after finding information on him in his grandmother's attic. A table was set up with much of the history on Dupe Willingham who was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for heroic acts while serving in the US Army in France. He also introduced members of the Willingham family who traveled to Carlisle County to attend the Veterans Day Celebration. He stated that a Carlisle County student Veronica Willingham is also a relative to Dupe Willingham.
Also during the event Carlisle County Superintendent Mr. Jay Simmons gave students, staff and visitors an opportunity to go on the floor and give veterans a special greeting.
Special song was performed by Mahlon Thomas. Benediction was given by FFA Chaplin Abagail Lainer.
Following the Celebration all veterans were invited to a luncheon at the Bardwell Baptist Church.