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BHS honors veterans during annual Veterans Day ceremony

BHS honors veterans during annual Veterans Day ceremony
November 15
09:34 2020

By Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Students and organizations gathered at the Breckenridge ISD Athletics and Fine Arts Facility on Wednesday, Nov. 11, to honor local U.S. Military veterans.

At the beginning of the ceremony, flags from the different branches of the military along with the POW/MIA flag were brought in to the gym and posted by VFW members Dwain Brannan and Shannon Day and Honorary Member Rush Walker along with Daughters of the American Revolution members Mary Thompson, Regent, and Lisa Echols, District 10 Director, and American Volunteer Reserve members Les Strickland and Eddie Renfro.  The American Volunteer Reserve also participated, posting and retiring the colors.

Local Veterans were honored during a ceremony at the Breckenridge Athletics and Fine Arts Facility Veterans Day. Click here to see more photos from the event. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Veterans were then escorted in by members of the Student Council as Girl Scouts from Troop 8356 led by Kim Fuller, Cub Scouts from Pack 81 led by Matt Wunsch and Boy Scouts from Troop 63 led by Brian Kight lined up and saluted them.

Following the introduction by Kim Walker, a retired BHS teacher and coach, BHS Drum Major Kayla Wood gave the invocation and Zaea Ragle and Caroline Turner led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Texas Pledge. Avery Rodgers sang the National Anthem.

BHS teacher Robert Burchett recognized the honored guests followed by guest speaker BHS history teacher Calvin Best, who talked about his father’s military service during World War II.

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. The First Baptist Church Praise Team, led by Daniel Bertrand, then performed “A Hymn for America.”

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

Jack Morehart and his grandson, Jake Morehart, presented the flag ceremony.

Burchett offered the closing remarks, and Magdeline Paul and Peyton Russell played Echo Taps.

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

In the lobby of the gym, Breckenridge High School graduate Ricky Stober displayed items from his military museum for attendees to look at before and after the ceremony.

Click here to see the Breckenridge Texan’s Photo Gallery from the event.

Kim Walker welcomes veterans during the BHS program honoring local veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Breckenridge Athletics and Fine Arts Facility. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Members of the Student Council escort veterans to their seats for the annual Veterans Day program on Wednesday, Nov. 11. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Local U.S. Military veterans were honored with a ceremony at Breckenridge High School on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)


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