• Celebrating Veterans Day In Comanche, Texas

    Comanche Mayor Ronnie Clifton has been organizing Comanche’s Veterans Day celebration for quite a few years now, and every single one has touched the hearts of all who are in attendance. This year was no exception, and if you were not there, you missed a blessing.

    The actual program began at 9:45 a.m. However, veterans and their guests were invited to attend a pre-program reception in honor of the great service given to their country. Students from the National Honor Society manned the refreshment table.

    April Stone

    It wasn’t long until those who needed assistance began arriving.

    Marshall Wirtz assisting Jake Chapman

    Travis Hickman assisting Lavern Hopkins

    It took me a moment to understand that students had been assigned to certain veterans to visit with during the reception. I must tell you that I was completely amazed at the seriousness with which these students appraoched their task.

    Just a few of these are pictured below:

    The program opened with students introducing those who were the reason for the celebration.  Leading the long line of veterans was Comanche County Judge Bobby Arthur.

    Guests were welcomed to the student-led program by CHS honor student, April Stone, the entertainment consisting of readings as well as great music provided by students and members of the community.

    The following are just glimpses into the day:

    Junior HIgh students join in the Pledge

    Just a few of the Veterans who attended

    CHS students did a marvelous job.

    Judd Woodley and “The Green Beret”

    Andrew Volleman played “Taps,” producing many damp eyes.

    And then the magic happened as it does every year when our veterans rise to leave.  The seemingly melodious sound of standing students who cheer and clap until the last hero is out of sight never fails to remind me that there are still many, many good things happening in this country, even in the little country town of Comanche, Texas…where as the song says, “The flag still stands for freedom, and they can’t take that away…”

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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