RUSK - Flags lined the roads of Rusk High School on Monday, November 11. For the first time the high school put on a Veterans Day Program where family veterans of students were invited to participate. In his first year at Rusk High School, Principal Ronny Snow implemented the program as a way to honor family members in the community who served in the armed forces.

During the program Snow talked about the importance of Veterans Day saying, “It’s important for our students to realize and honor the sacrifices that were made, not just on Veterans Day but every day.” In fact, the holiday is so important at the High School that they recently painted two overhead walls in the school’s common area with emblems and scenes from every branch of the military.

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Army Veteran Tracy Stewart stands to be recognized at the Rusk High School Veterans Day Program on Monday. Following the program Veterans were invited to stay for refreshments and a tour of the common area where the school recently had walls painted with military emblems. (Jessica T. Payne/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

More than 25 Veterans were invited to stand as their name was called along with their branch of service to be recognized and honored. Guest speaker and decorated Air Force Veteran Charles Boyd spoke to the crowd about his time of service while theatre student Jonathan Torres read a poem honoring those who served.

Students and veterans were given small flags to wave while the Rusk High School Band played songs including Armed Forces on Parade and America the Beautiful. They ended the program with Taps.

Following the program, Veterans were invited to stay for refreshments and a small tour to observe the newly painted wall dedicated to their service.

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