26 years.

The administration, faculty and students at Huntington ISD have been presenting their Veterans Day program for 26 years.  For 20 of those years, I've had the privilege of being asked to emcee the event at the Huntington High School Auditorium.

Huntington knows patriotism.  It shows with the hundreds of American flags that line the streets there during this time of the year.  That was one of the points that Texas State Representative Trent Ashby mentioned as he made comments to the crowd Thursday morning. Also during the program, Huntington City Manager Bill Stewart read a proclamation that was sent to him by the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott. That proclamation emphasized that giving honor and respect to those who have sacrificed so much is the right thing to do.

This year's program started with the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, followed by the presentation of the different branches of the service.  Men and women from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines were recognized in groups during this presentation.  Then, came the honoring of each Veteran in the auditorium.

After naming each Veteran in attendance, a program is offered by the Huntington High School students and staff.  This year's program was titled 'A Patriotic Perspective' in which perspectives from Veterans, families, civilians and those currently serving were presented.  Members of Southside Worship sang songs that they wrote specifically for this program.

As always, the event was well-attended and beautifully presented.  Take a look at the gallery of photos from the event, including a surprise that I was not expecting.

 

Huntington Veterans 2021