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McKENZIE (November 11) — McKenzie High School Student Council hosted the annual Veterans Day program in the school’s gymnasium on Monday, November 11. David Duncan was the featured …
McKENZIE (November 11) — McKenzie High School Student Council hosted the annual Veterans Day program in the school’s gymnasium on Monday, November 11. David Duncan was the featured speaker for the program, in which U.S. Military veterans were the special guests.
Duncan, of McKenzie, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He is the director of schools at Hollow Rock-Bruceton and served as a coach and assistant principal at McKenzie High School for nine years and as principal at McKenzie Middle School for four years.
Duncan said he has 32 years of military experience and grew up on military bases. His grandfather was a World War I veteran, his father, a WWII, Korean, and Vietnam veteran, and his son was a veteran of Iraq. All their dog tags hang in his office in Bruceton.
Duncan said veterans learned a code of discipline, learned about personal sacrifice and loyalty as part of the world’s finest fighting force. The common thread of all veterans is they signed a blank check to expend their time, talents, and resources with the possibility of the ultimate sacrifice, their lives. They are required to separate themselves from their family and friends to live, work, sleep and train with their fellow troops.
He said his fellow troops were some of the best people with whom to surround one’s self. They are taught to work in challenging positions and solve great problems without personal gain.
In closing, Duncan urged the students to thank a veteran each and every day.
Drew Beeler, Student Council President opened the ceremony. Members of the Tennessee National Guard posted the colors. The McKenzie High School Band performed the National Anthem and a medley of patriotic music. Lane Horton, Vice-President of the Council gave an explanation of Veterans Day and MHS Principal Kelly Spivey introduced each of the visiting veterans, who were seated as guests of honor.
Anna Callahan recited her first-place Voice of Democracy speech to the audience and Kennedy Green, Trey Cook, Sydney Pate, and Nolan Renfro recited passages.
Veterans of Foreign War members George Nolen, Sr., Tony Lane, S.T. Holmes, and Tommy Johnson performed the annual memorial ceremony for the veterans who are no longer living.
Braxton Hobson and Nathan Rorer performed