The Gatlinburg-Pittman High School Marching band was playing different tunes as we entered Dixie Stampede. They were also playing as we left for the day. They did a wonderful job.
To start of the meeting, we had prayer and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Seymour High School choir sang beautifully after announcements were made. They sang our national anthem as well as a beautiful medley with some of our Vietnam Veterans marched on the arena with our flag as well as the flags of the armed forces in honor of those who serve and have served. Those in attendance stood as their branch was sung. We honored our veterans by applauding, even though that is not nearly enough.
Gunner, a DJ from WIVK and a veteran, was our guest speaker. He brought with him a very shy Special Forces Officer, and spoke for him. This man has been in missions in Iraq and Iran for the last seven years. He and others like him have been through horrors that we do not have a clue about. He and all of our veterans have sacrificed so much for us. I was so grateful to hear his story and for everything he has done.
Our Vietnam Veterans were not treated right by the “hippies” and media of the time. I still feel very ashamed of what they did to our military.
Dixie Stampede previewed their Christmas show for our veterans, and we were served their amazing meal. I love that we live in a community that believes in prayer and in honoring those who have the courage, valor, and honor to be our military to protect our freedom.
We salute you and our civil servants, we appreciate all that you have sacrificed and continue to do for our freedom.