A man in glasses stands at a podium. Mr. Stephan Henderson speaks about being a veteran.

Glade Spring Middle School held its annual Veterans Day Program on November 12. The Student Council Association led by sponsors, Mrs. Sherry Cannon and Mrs. Colleen Buchanan, arranged a program of music, guest speakers, and honors for local Veterans. Mr. Justin Camacho, band director, led off the program with the playing of “Taps”. The Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Lee Anne Lester, sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “To Those Who Serve”. Eighth grade student, Chris T. played the guitar and sang "God Bless America". The audience was especially moved during the band’s performance of “America the Beautiful”. The band, under the direction of Mr. Bob Ballengee, performed “Armed Services on Parade”, a medley of the official songs and hymns of each branch of the military. A favorite tradition of this program came when the band played “Armed Services on Parade” and veterans stood during the song representing their branch of service. Patriot’s Pen Essay winners, Alex D., Brooke L., Kasey C., and Lindsey C. read their essays entitled, “What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers”. The guest speaker for the day was Mr. Stephan Henderson, a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran from Abingdon, Virginia. Mr. Henderson spoke of the beauty of America and reminded the students to read and learn from America's history. After presenting gifts to the oldest Veteran in attendance, 93 year old Clifford McKinney and the Veteran with the most years of service, J. R. Pafford, families and Veterans were invited to enjoy cake and refreshments. The program was a wonderful way to show Veterans that Glade Spring Middle School is proud of them.

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