Students, teachers, guests and local veterans gathered in front of Carlisle High School on Monday morning for a Veterans Day celebration, honoring local veterans.
The ceremony began with a welcome, raising of the flag, and the history behind the Pledge of Allegiance. According to the students, the Pledge of Allegiance has seen a number of changes over year. The first version, composed by Francis Bellamy in 1892 read as “I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
Since then, pledge has been modified four times over the years from its original composition. According to the United States Flag code, the current version reads as “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”.
Following the reciting of the pledge, veterans attending the ceremony were also recognized. Some of the special guests included local veterans; Kevin Lenderman, Jerry Raborn, Frank Halijan, Wes Woods, Marion Partain, Winifred Hicks, Jerry Duch, W.H Kittler, Billy Joe Simpson, Brad Horn, Truman Godair, Chris Aycock, Lester Turner, Jugg Tipton, Kettle Davis and Bill Ferguson.
After recognizing the veterans, students and guests holding flags were then asked to place them at the base of the flag pole. Following a moment of silence, the Carlisle Bison Band preformed the National Anthem. Before conclusion of the program, Clay Parker took a moment to thank veterans for their service and attending the ceremony.
“I thought it was a great ceremony,” CHS principal and veteran Brad Horn said. “I appreciate Mrs. Grimm’s kids [the student council] for putting it on as well as all of the veterans and family members for coming.”
Prior to the ceremony, veterans were treated to breakfast. The event was sponsored by the Carlisle High School Student Council.
According to Wikipedia online encyclopedia, Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday observed on Nov. 11 each year. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.