Havelock-area schools honor veterans with ceremonies

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 13:00 PM.

"If I hadn’t been up and shooting this way, then he would have nailed me three times," Odom said.

He made a point of recognizing the veterans who had come to attend the program, many of whom stood in the back.

"The people there in the back, they are the ones that are making it now," Odom said to applause. "They are just as brave as we were and a whole lot smarter. Some of you out there have relatives right now fighting in this very dangerous war. I take my hat off to them."

Students at Graham A. Barden Elementary felt the need to recognize the sacrifices of veterans during a special ceremony as well. After singing patriotic songs, the Havelock High NJROTC Exhibition Rifle Team put on a show. Fourth-grade students gave a history of Veterans Day and detailed the five branches of the armed services. Representing those five branches were Army Sgt. Neal Sanders, Marine Sgt. Brandon S. Miller, Air Force Airman Erica Jimenez, Coast Guard Petty Officer Devon Chaney and Navy Petty Officer Kenneth McIntosh.

"It’s important because they talked about veterans and how they served our country whether they are Marines, or Air Force or the Army," said Jaheim Webster, a fifth-grader whose grandfather is a veteran.

"I learned that being a veteran is very important and it means a lot to the country because they go out there to protect our country," said fifth-grader Shakira Frazier, whose uncle is a Marine.

Teacher Sharon Logan said the students’ respect and pride for the veterans moved her.



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