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BJHS, BHS honor local veterans with ceremony

BJHS, BHS honor local veterans with ceremony
November 19
07:42 2018

A variety of community and school groups came together Thursday, Nov. 15, for a Veterans Day Program honoring U.S. Military veterans. The student councils of Breckenridge Junior High and High School presented the program  in the Breckenridge ISD Athletic Facility and Fine Arts Center.

The program featured salutes to local and area veterans by several organizations. The BHS Buckaroo Band provided the music and the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts saluted as the honored veterans were escorted into the gym by the Student Council members. The American Volunteer Reserve participated, posting and retiring the colors.

Following the introduction by Kim Walker, BJHS Student Council adviser, and a welcome by BISD Superintendent Tim Seymore, AnnaKate Rodgers gave the invocation and Keaton Ragle and Samantha Heatley led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge. Avery Rodgers and AnnaKate Rodgers sang the National Anthem, and the South Elementary Singers, directed by Shonda Wood, performed “America the Beautiful.”

The Buckaroo Band played the official songs of the five branches of the U.S. Military — the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard — and the veterans stood during the song for their branch. BJHS Principal Mary Perkins recognized the honored guests, and the First Baptist Church Praise Team, led by Daniel Bertrand, performed “Death Was Arrested.”

Kim Walker read “The Table” while students set the “Missing Man Table,” also known as the “Fallen Comrade Table.” Shonda Wood performed the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and Breckenridge High School teacher and coach Anthony Kelly sang “God Bless the USA.”

Zach Smith introduced the AVR for the flag folding ceremony and the retiring of the colors. Mary Perkins offered the closing remarks, and Payton Russell and Mason Woosley played Echo Taps.

After the ceremony, the veterans and student council members gathered for a reception.

For more photos from the Veterans Day Program, click here to see the Breckenridge Texan Gallery.


Cutline, top photo: The American Volunteer Reserve participated in the program, posting and retiring the colors. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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