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Veterans invited to ceremony

Students at the North County High School History Club will welcome veterans to their annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 9.

North County History Club Sponsor Jennifer Woolard said they will have the veterans come in before the ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. and will serve them cookies and coffee.

“We will have them write down their names and their branch of service so they can be recognized during the ceremony,” Woolard said. “When the ceremony begins we will have the band playing the songs from the different branches and they will come out by branch.”

Woolard said they will be seated and then the ceremony will begin. The band and the choir will be involved and they will perform the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

“We have two students, Megan Matlock and Zachary Pipkin, who will be doing speeches this year and right now we have four students who I believe will take the ceremonial oath,” Woolard said. “Our keynote speaker is Brian Whitfield, who just got back from Guam and he is resource office and a graduate of North County High School.”

Whitfield is a four-year member of the U.S. Air National Guard and is assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing based out of Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Woolard said after the ceremony they will exit to the back gym where the veterans and their family members will be served a lunch by the students.

“The History Club students will serve them lunch and the school kitchen will cook the meal for us,” Woolard said. “We will purchase desserts and bring them in too. We plan to serve pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls.”

Woolard said the community is invited to attend the ceremony. She added the members of the VFW will present the flags.

Veterans watch as the wreath and Taps ceremony is performed during the annual veterans ceremony last year at North County High School.

Veterans watch as the wreath and Taps ceremony is performed during the annual veterans ceremony last year at North County High School.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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