Wingo Elementary students, faculty, and staff recently honored approximately 40 local veterans during a school wide assembly.
Students from the Graves County High School JR ROTC presented colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and recitation of "A Veteran's Prayer".
The Wingo choir directed by music teacher Jennifer Woodward, sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”
LTC Jason T. Caldwell, GCJR ROTC leader spoke to the student body about what it takes to be in the military.
LTC Caldwell enlisted in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman in 1985.
He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant, United States Army Signal Corps Officer upon graduation from UTM in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice.
“The main reason students cannot enter the military is due to academics," LTC Caldwell said.
He encouraged students to begin to prepare early and study hard so that the military can be a viable option upon graduation.
He stated that a person can be physically fit, but if not prepared academically, they will have difficulty meeting rigorous entrance criteria. He also encouraged students to stay out of trouble and to never do drugs.
These would hinder any chances of a the military as a career choice.
He also shared many positives aspects of military life, such as getting an education, learning skills, and seeing different parts of the world.
Faculty members also spoke in honor of their loved ones that had served or are serving in the military.
Debbie Samples, Linda Gray, Kris Buss and Angela Shultz shared heartfelt stories of the rewards and sacrifices their own family has made due to loved ones serving in the military.
Veterans that attended the program were recognized by name, area of service, and number of years served.
They were also presented with handwritten letters and artwork from Wingo students as a gift to show appreciation for their service.