BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Students from all of Union County’s Schools, parents, teachers, Union County residents and guests gathered at the UCHS Mike Colwell Memorial Football Stadium to honor American Military Veterans on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. The program was hosted by UCS students and local Veterans Service Organizations (VSO’s). (Featured picture: Missing Man Table)
The UCHS Choir and Band came together for the National Anthem, America The Beautiful, Amazing Grace and many more patriotic and heartfelt renditions. The choir even featured Kelly Helton’s sign language class that signs for the deaf.
Madelyn Hood, graduating UCHS senior, was MC for the event. John ‘Buddy’ Viera, Union County FFA Member, Panther football team member and graduating UCHS senior, was the guest speaker who delivered a most honorable message to the veterans, students and guests gathered on the field and in the bleachers.
Three Union County veterans were given quilts handcrafted by Quilts of Valor in appreciation for their military service. Sgt. Adam Kish of the Georgia Army National Guard explained the meaning of the Missing Man Table. The Army National Guard Honors Platoon provided the nine-gun salute.
Union County is a very fortunate, very blessed community to be home to such gifted, upright and worthy young people who can show their respect for our American veterans without reservation and who realize, as Buddy Viera said in his address, “Freedom is not free”.
God bless all American veterans this day and every day. Thank you for your service.
Please see the video for the entire event.
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