Veterans, young and old, of all branches of the service were honored for the tenth year in a ceremony at Greenbrier High School hosted by the EAST students. The 39th Infantry of the Arkansas National Guard presented colors. Each branch of the military was honored with a special arrangement of their song which inspired the veterans to applaud as their branch’s song was played by the GHS Band. The GHS Chamber Choir and GHS Male Chorus also sang special songs to rousing cheers from the vets.
Guest speaker Major General Ron Chastain (RET) said it is fitting that we recognize the courage and commitment these men and women give to our country—not just during war, but in national emergencies and humanitarian and peace-keeping duties around the world. Perseverance, integrity, excellence and respect have been demonstrated by our American veterans. "We owe these veterans a debt of gratitude," he said.
Out of the approximately 70 veterans in attendance, two were honored with the presentation of hand-made American quilts made by Road Runners EH Club. Every year a special part of this honor ceremony is the reading of veterans’ names who attend with their families.
A traditional turkey/dressing dinner with all the trimmings was served to about 300 veterans and their families with the help of Wagon Wheel restaurant, Road Runners EHC, FCCLA students directed by Pam Nacke, GHS faculty and GHS EAST students facilitated by Kim Austin.