Veterans Day celebrated in Chapel Hill and Cornersville

Friday, November 14, 2014
Pictured, from left, are CHES Principal Dawn Kirby, Carl "Tater" Holden, and Will Gilliam reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Behind them are the Melody Makers.

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Patriotism was in the air on the beautiful Veterans Tuesday as we remembered those who sacrificed and those who continue to sacrifice for the great country we live in today.

Chapel Hill Elementary held a program to honor the day. The Pledge of Allegiance was lead by Carl "Tater" Holden and Will Gilliam, the national anthem was sung by Micah Toombs, and Ashley Sweeney's choir, the Melody Makers, sang patriotic hymns. A fun lesson about the five branches of the military was given by Debra Crable, who served in the Air Force for over 20 years, and Elouise Lopez, who was in the Army for four. Principal Dawn Kirby then sent the microphone around the room to let all of the veterans who were present introduce themselves and say what branch of the military they were/are in. A closing prayer was led by Lee Marston, followed by "Taps" played by Tyler Waters. The first graders made letters for guests to pick up as they walked in which enclosed something that they were thankful for. Along the walls were pictures of the kids' family members who were in the military, and a table of war memorabilia, along with a uniform owned by Harvey Edward Jones, was displayed as guests walked in.

At ten o'clock the town of Chapel Hill held a Veterans Memorial Service in the Larry Lewter Memorial Park. The invocation was led by Rev. Larry Chatman and the presentation of the flags was done by Jonathan Harber and Jamie Pratt, who are with Boy Scout Troop 352. The National Anthem was played by the Rocket Band of Blue, and Cub Scout Pack 352 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Hundley Ford and Dean Delk spoke on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars committee, Chatman led the closing prayer, and "Taps" was again played by Waters. The Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts handed out blue stars to the veterans who were present. Refreshments were served by First State Bank, which is located next to the park.

Cornersville Elementary also held a program to honor the day. The CVES chorus sang, directed by fourth-grade teacher, Christina Davidson. Penny Finley's sixth grade class named off each letter in the alphabet, reading a sentence pertaining to the military for every letter. Guidance councilor, Debbie Gage presented Ashley Sands, on behalf of Christmas for Soldiers, with Christmas cards that the students made. Sands talked about the importance of the cards and presented sixth grader Alex Nunes his own dog tags with his name on them. Alex's father was killed in service when Alex was 19 months old, and the cards were donated in tribute to him. Assistant principal and speaker of the program Ken Lee, who is an active member of the Tennessee National Guard, was dressed in his blues for the program. Lee joined the Guard in 1986 and was deployed from March 2003 to August 2004, and again for all of 2011.