In honor of Veterans Day, Logan County School students honored the nation’s heroes with special ceremonies and celebrations.
On Wed., Nov. 6, Chapmanville Middle School hosted its annual Veterans Day program. Guest speakers included Senator Art Kirkendoll and Delegate Josh Barker. A discussion panel of veterans including Major Richard Ojeda, First Sergeant Larry Thompson, SP-5 Larry Workman, and Pastor Donnie Wells answered questions from students about serving in the armed forces.
SP-5 Workman said he will always remember the time he spent fighting for our country.
“You get older. You get used to it, but you never forget,” Workman said.
CMS student Austin Bledsoe served as the master of ceremonies for the event which included readings and remarks by Emily Triplett, Savannah Toney, Preston Dingess, Caleb Williamson, Grace Balentine, and Madison Williamson. Ushers and hospitality room organizers included Baylee Senator, Malin Conley, Haven Adkins, Taylor Killen, Sidney Kirk, Emily Hurst, Alexus McCloud, Katie Hampton, Beth Ball, Jacy Baxter and Carrie Sullins.
The CMS chorus, under the direction of Debbie Vance, performed songs such as “Sing America, Sing” and “God Bless America.” Following the ceremony, CMS students and staff were able to witness a 21-gun salute performed by the veterans and the playing of “Taps” by Sam Murray.
The CMS Veterans Day program was organized with the help of student council sponsors Pamela Stollings Hensley and Melody Jarrells, CMS Principal Jason Browning, and Assistant Principals Kathy Taylor and Melissa Farmer. Students who helped with the event are on the student council for CMS.
On Thurs., Nov. 7, East Chapmanville Grade School celebrated Veterans Day. The event was planned by the school’s fourth grade students who presented songs and poems during the event. Guest speaker and veteran Charles Long told the students the importance and symbolism of the American flag, and veterans performed a demonstration with flags from each branch of the armed forces.
East Chapmanville’s Tiger Twirlettes, instructed by Melissa Moore and Jamie McNeely, showcased their twirling skills to “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Prior the event, a patriotic ornament decorating contest was held, and the contest winners led the school in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chapmanville Regional High School paid tribute to veterans on Fri., Nov. 8. Honored veterans for the event were Major Richard Ojeda and Sergeant Jeffrey Lambert, and special performances were provided by the CRHS band and chorus.
CRHS students Tyler Brewster, Megan Conley, Dakota Bradley and Megan Conley shared compositions on the importance of remembering veterans during the celebration. The students were selected as the winners of a school-wide essay competition. The Pledge of Allegiance and invocation were provided by Donovan Abraham and Andrew Bledsoe.
During its annual Veterans Day program, West Chapmanville Grade School students and staff welcomed and recognized more than 30 veterans to the school on Fri., Nov. 8.
West Chapmanville Grade’s music teacher David Gladkosky has been helping coordinate the program since it began.
“We have been presenting the Veterans Day program on for 10 to 12 years now. Each year the program grows, and it has become a meaningful celebration,” Gladkosky said.
Veterans shared their stories of serving our country, and students performed several patriotic songs including “God Bless America” and “We Give Thanks.” The Boy Scouts presented the American Flag and lead the guests, staff and students in the Pledge of Allegiance.
West Chapmanville Principal Doug Barrett says it takes a lot of collaboration to make the event a success.
“The program is a team effort. We would like to thank David Gladkosky, Lori Mitchell, Jenny Sweeney, Myrtle Conley, Dee Dee Conley, and everyone who pitched in to make the program a success. It seems to grow each year, and more and more veterans are coming out to take part in the program.”