24th annual veterans program at Southeast Lauderdale High

LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - It was a full house for an annual local event that honors America’s heroes.

The 24th annual Veterans Program happened Friday morning at Southeast Lauderdale High School. The veterans program started in 1995, and has grown over the years---becoming a way for the community to say thank you to those that served.

Veterans and their loved ones were individually honored one by one, and thanked for their service.

Southeast High School Principal, Russell Keene says this is a great event that helps students realize the importance of recognizing the sacrifices made by those who have served our country.

“Coach Davis and a group of teachers 24 years ago started organizing this and it has grown every year. We average usually about 200 veterans that come to our program and get the chance to actually speak during the program and share their experiences, helping us have our freedoms today,” says Keene.

Elementary school students also gave out cards to each veteran. The brave men and women were treated to a Thanksgiving lunch at the high school after the program ended.