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Dadeville students honored veterans from each branch of the military as the DHS band played its service anthem.
Dadeville students honored veterans from each branch of the military as the DHS band played its service anthem.

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Veterans honored at Dadeville schools

Published 2:56am Thursday, November 14, 2013

Students at Dadeville High, Councill Middle School and Dadeville Elementary paid tribute to those who answered the call to serve their country last week as each school marked Veterans Day.

“It is only thanks to veterans who have given so much that we can have the freedome to be here and participate in an education,” said Dadeville High Principal Chris Hand. “It did not come without sacrifice.”

The keynote speech was given by Tiger parent Aretha Ford, who was introduced by her son Cedric.

“All veterans are heroes in my eyes and we should learn from their stories and their history,” she said.

“We should thank God not only for the gift of life, but also for our heroes.

Special music was given by the DHS chorus, who sang “My Country Tis of Thee,” and the DHS concert band. The band opened the event by playing the Star Spangled Banner, and also accompanied band director Melissa Payne’s solo of “America the Beautiful.”

Student Rynesha Stowes noted that the experiences of veterans “make our problems look small.”

“The price of freedom is high and we cannot forget those willing to pay it,” she said.

A number of veterans attended the assemby and were honored with a tea prior to the event.

Dadeville Elementary also hosted an assembly Thursday afternoon and students at Councill Middle School were joined by local veterans to raise the colors in a Veterans Day ceremony Thursday morning. The students then paid tribute to the contributions of the nation’s military veterans at an assembly in the CMS gymnasium.

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