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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Saluting our Veterans

  • See our coverage of the Veteran's Day ceremonies here.
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  • We should all be thankful every day for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Yesterday, there were ceremonies throughout the United States to give special recognition to those who have served and are currently serving in the military to defend our country.
    Macon High School Gymnasium was one of the sites for a Veteran's Day ceremony. William Burnett and Bill Noyes representing the American Legion Post 29, presented the colors as the crowd stood. Many veterans saluted the flag that they so proudly served to defend.
    Choir students in grades 7th through 12th sang the National Anthem.Members of 7th grade Cadet Girl Scout Troop 9501 led the Pledge of Allegiance. "O,America!" was performed by the Concert, Canta Bella and Chamber Choirs.Soloist Sara Brimer joined the 4th & 5th Grade Celebration Singers as they sang "American Tears".The Macon High School Band played a stirring arrangement, "Armed Forces Salute" bringing the veterans attending to their feet as the signature song of their branch of service was played.
    Superintendent Dr. Chuck Stockton expressed his appreciation to the approximately 60 veterans attending. Each veteran stood and was recognized by a round of applause as Dr. Stockton read their name and branch of service.
    The message was delivered by Brian Hayes who served as a Corporal in the U.S.M.C. Hayes emphasized the theme of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
    There was also a ceremony at the Macon County Courthouse. Pastor Sam Owens from the First Baptist Church was the speaker.
    "I speak to you today as one who has served in the army," said Owens. "I don't believe that we have to separate our service to this great country and our service to God. We are serving a higher authority than the United States government, which will cause their service to be greater. "
    After the ceremony, Veterans and their families gathered at the Legion hall for a ham and bean lunch.
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