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Veterans chat before the program begins
Veterans chat before the program begins November 11, 1999. Photo: Regina Headden

Central HS: A Salute to Morgan County Veterans

A long-standing tradition at Central High School in Wartburg, Tennessee, was revived on November 11, 1999, when students offered a Salute to Morgan County Veterans in a celebration honoring local veterans serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, as well as in peace time. For many years, students were called to the gym on November 11 take part in a program honoring veterans presented by members of the American Legion, but this tradition faded away in the early 90s. Taking a cue from former Central High students who had been very moved as they heard stories from the veterans, a Central High teacher, Jean Carson, revived the tradition in 1999 -- except that, this time, the Central High students, not the American Legion, researched planned, organized and delivered the program before a gym packed with students, faculty, community members, and veterans. Students read poems with patriotic themes, and the choir and band provided inspirational and patriotic music between the readings. Two veterans, one who had been part of the D-Day invasion and Battle of the Bulge in WWII, addressed the assembly. Veterans and visitors were given a booklet with names of all those who had served the in the military from Morgan County, and they viewed exhibits of service uniforms dating back to World War I, books, medals, photos, and confiscated enemy materials. The program helped to connect two distant generations of Morgan Countians, as students and veterans shared stories, and the older generation provided positive words and encouragement to the students, urging them to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered them. Building on the success of this Veterans' Day program, the students and faculty plan to carry on the tradition in years to come.

Project materials, all student-produced, include an 11-page report, 13 photographs, a program, and a booklet entitled "A Salute to Morgan County Veterans."

Originally submitted by: Zach Wamp, Representative (3rd District).

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