Hartselle Junior High’s annual program pays tribute to veterans
By Staff Reports
A procession of veterans representing various branches of the military made a solemn entrance into the gymnasium of Hartselle Junior High School Nov. 8. The school band played “ Battle Hymn of the Republic ” while hundreds of attendees stood in silence. This marked the commencement of the school’s annual Veterans Day program, which welcomes the public to partake in a day of celebration and honor.
To initiate this poignant event, Braydn Whitlock led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, and Kendra Gillott extended a heartfelt welcome to the public and the students, faculty and staff in attendance.
Under the direction of Col. Brian Williams, the Hartselle Civil Air Patrol proudly presented the service flags and the colors in precise formation.
This year’s program was aptly titled “Honor the Courage,” with Col. Michael Synder being this year’s featured speaker.
Men and women representing the Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps—individuals who have served in nearly every conflict from the present day back to the Korean War—were duly acknowledged and honored during this significant event.
HJHS students Doc Moore, Ellie Barrier, Anna Lamson, Jewell Jones and Elijah Gosnell took the stage to pay tribute to the veterans, followed by a performance of the official songs of each branch of the U.S. military. The veterans received a round of applause from the audience.
Additionally, HJHS Faculty sang God Bless America and the HJHS Chorus performed The Star Spangled Banner.
The event is held annually at Hartselle Junior High School and attended by hundreds.