By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: December 3, 2018 | 12:46 p.m.
SURRY – “Luther Porter Jackson Middle School’s “Mr.” and “Miss”, Samuel Radosovish and Desirae Rawlings, hosted a student-led program honoring veterans on November 9 to celebrate and appreciate those who were with us as well as remembering those who were not,” said Surry County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dr. Serbrenia Sims of the special event. “They presented a history of Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day. Videos such as ‘The Start of Sacrifice’ and ‘We Took an Oath’ helped students understand what sacrifice and dedication were asked of our veterans.”
“The SCHS JROTC Honor Guard posted colors for the event, and the SCHS Band performed an outstanding rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’,” Sims continued.
Veterans in attendance stood to applause as their names were called. The entire student body cheered as the names of the veterans who currently work at LPJ – Sgt Fitzgerald, MSgt Edler, and TSgt Burdick – were announced.
Guest speaker LCpl Jacob Brower, formerly a student at LPJ, shared how he joined the United States Marine Corps soon after graduating in 2017. His mom, Mrs. C. Brower, continues to work at LPJ. In his address to the group, he stated that being in the Marines has given him a purpose and something to stand for.
Class representatives from each grade level read Veterans Day poems, and Hannah Carson and Jessica Barry performed “America, the Beautiful.”
In gracious addresses to the veterans and students participating, Dr. Michael Thornton, Superintendent of Surry Schools, thanked the veterans for their service and commitment to our country and thanked the students and staff of LPJ for their recognition of the veterans. Mrs. Craddox, LPJ principal, thanked the veterans for their service and expressed appreciation to the students and staff members who contributed to the program.
“We applaud the courage, strength, heroism, and willingness to serve that are required to defend our country,” Sims said.