The Veterans Day Program at Comanche High School was held Thursday, November 9th. Veterans and guests were received at a reception in the Commons at 8:45. The Veteran inspired art for the reception was done by CHS students. The introduction and seating of Veterans was led by Comanche High School and HR Jefferies Junior High Students.
The Posting of The Colors was done by “U.S. Alive In 45” students. They were in outfits from WWII.
Amazing Grace was provided by Casey Bingham. The Pledge of Allegiance and a Moment of Silence was led by Harrison Sides and the National Anthem was beautifully sung by Annette Calderon.
There was a welcome and recognition of City Council and County Commissioners by Robert Sierra and a recognition of Comanche Volunteer Fire Department and local Law Enforcement by Kailei Gaines. Blaze Wolff from Skills USA welcomed the Comanche ISD School Board. Bronte Hermesmeyer welcomed the students just before the Branches of Service Medley by Kay Quast, a true highlight of the program each year.
A Veterans tribute “Will You Remember” was performed by Kenna Hall and introduction of the speaker was made by Kade Mercer. The speaker was Gary Speegle, the Comanche ISD Superintendent. While not serving in the military, he did grow up in a military family with a father and brother that served. He spoke eloquently about honoring our Veterans and appreciating our freedoms.
The Funeral Song was performed on the trumpet by Vicki Lopez and the poem “What Is A Veteran?” was read by Drew Hancock. A beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah” was performed by Makenna Carr, Kenna Hall and Casey Bingham. Wrapping up the program was “Go Rest High On That Mountain” sung by Annette Calderon with accompaniment by Casey Bingham, Caden Jones and Joe Gilligan.
Closing comments and recognition as well as emcee for the event was Ronnie Clifton. The ceremony ended with TAPS by Vicki Lopez and in tradition, the Veterans exited the program and were thanked in procession to “God Bless America” by Kay Quast.