So yesterday was Veterans Day and, as usual, we had our annual Veterans Day program and luncheon at the Greenville High School gym. We do this every year, but believe me when I say that it gets better every year. Y'all, this event always causes waterworks (a.k.a. LOTS of tears). It's beautiful, honestly, to see all of the veterans and their families in the crowd, eyes full of tears of pride and joy.
The music is always awesome. Our choirs and bands do an amazing job putting together pieces and rising to the occasion! But, personally, my favorite part is when Mr. Gish calls down each branch of the military and their [hymn?] is played. When those WWII vets walk (or wheel actually) their way down to the middle of the gym floor, it melts my heart!
This year was special because Congressman John Ratcliffe presented WWII veteran, Grady E. Jones, with several awards and honors that he earned, but never received, while serving as a Technician 5th Grade for the United States Army. Mr. Jones received the Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Asiatic Campaign Medal, World War II, Victory Medal and the Philippian Liberation Ribbon.
Representative Dan Flynn was our keynote speaker and he gave an outstanding speech. He shared a great story about Audie Murphy, which any Greenville native can appreciate!
The lunch was delicious (as always) Chef Kiowski and his culinary arts students made a delicious barbeque lunch for the veterans and their families. I'm always impressed by their customer service skills and food presentation. Soooo yummy (especially that pie!)!!
The pictures really don't do this event justice, but without further ado, prepare for a bombardment of pictures. I can't wait for next Veterans Day!