A Veterans Appreciation assembly program was held Friday morning at Smithville Elementary School in recognition of Veteran's Day.
Kelly Birmingham led students from pre-K to the second grade in singing "God Bless the USA" and other patriotic songs in honor of veterans who have served in each branch of the military.
Adrienne McCormick read the following "Veterans Day" poem by Cheryl Dyson:
"On Veterans Day we honor all,
Who answered to a service call,
Soldiers young, and soldiers old,
Fought for freedom, brave and bold
Some have lived, while others died,
And all of them deserve our pride,
We're proud of all the soldiers who,
Kept thinking of red, white, and blue,
They fought for us and all our rights,
They fought through many days and nights,
And though we may not know each name,
We thank ALL veterans just the same."
The purpose of the assembly was to honor veterans and try to instill in these children at an early
age the importance of the men and women who have dedicated their lives to the service of our country.
Veterans attending the assembly program pictured above are:
Front Row: Toddy Reynolds, Guy Mathis, Alan Stenger, Edward Frazier,
Ronnie Redmon, Sr.
Middle Row: Ray Vaughn, Mike Hattaway, Edsell Frazier, Paul Cantrell,
Jimmy Sprague, Billy Miller
Back Row: Kenny Dyal, Travis Thomas, Walter Johnson, John Hummer, Jim
Dean, Garry Davis, Norman Emmert, William Winter, Tom Hutcheson