Dawson-Bryant honors veterans

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 14, 2007

COAL GROVE — For the students of Dawson-Bryant High School, it was a reminder of just who Veterans Day is about.

Fifteen Lawrence County veterans from all branches of America services attended a ceremony honoring them on Monday morning at the school in Coal Grove.

Lt. Michael Cluver of the U.S. Navy was the speaker for the event.

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“When the call was sounded, they answered that call,” he said of America’s veterans.

He said that it used to be that soldier’s stories were told around camp fires but now there is the History Channel and lots of books but it doesn’t convey what being in the service is really like.

“I encourage you to seek out a family, a friend, a neighbor, any veteran,” he said. “These are stories you will remember.”

Student Chris Brammer said having the veterans there put a human face to what they learn in class.

“(This) made it easier to picture,” he said. “I think they are awesome, fighting for our country and giving us the freedoms we have today.”

Dawson-Bryant Principal Steve Easterling said more should be done to remember veterans.

“We take one day a year to salute the veterans,” he said. “But 365 days a year we should be thanking the veterans and the sacrifices they made for us.”

Easterling said it was a good event for the students.

“They actually see the veterans, they see the men and the women who actually did the serving and the fighting,” he said. “I think it brings it to life for them.”

After the ceremony was over the vets ate a meal served by members of the Dawson-Bryant History Club and other students.

Rick Malone served on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise during the Vietnam War. He said there weren’t events like this when he returned from the war. The first event he attended like this was just a few years ago in South Point where he lives.

“This was a very good ceremony, very nice,” he said.