LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - The gym at Southeast Lauderdale was decked out in red, white and blue. As the school honored those who served our county during its annual Veterans Day program.
“I am very honored as a Veteran for this student body and the faculty out here for them putting on this program.” explained Larry Muse a U.S. Army Veteran.
Well over 200 veterans and their family members were in attendance giving students a glimpse of real life heroes.
“By them being here the student body gets a different perspective, they can read about it but when they are looking in the face of these men and women it makes all the difference in the world,” said Algie Davis, Program Founder.
The entire school started planning for this program nearly a year ago and leaders at Southeast explain this gives students a chance to thank a veteran.
“It gives a lot of opportunities to our kids to see true patriotism and know what a sense of nationality means to them and what it should mean to us all,” said Russell Keene, Principal of Southeast High School.
The program saluted those who lost their lives, to honoring the women who keep the country going during the wars, to even music celebrating every branch of the military.
“It is a sad occasion with all the fallen soldiers naturally but yet it is supposed to be a honoring and a happy occasion to let these men and women know how much we love them and how much we appreciate them,” said Davis.
Those veterans in attendance explain that they are grateful for everything the school has done to honor them year after year.
“They are doing more than what anyone else will do, they really represent the country well,” said Bill McCall, U.S. Army Veteran.
“This is my second time and I will never miss another one,” explained Muse. “We are Vietnam Veterans and this student body and these people out here make you feel welcome home.”
This was the 21st Year Southeast Lauderdale has hosted its annual Veterans Day Program and they wish to continue honoring veterans for years to come.