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