Alcorn Central Middle School students wanted to let those who serve their country know how grateful they are for their freedom. ACMS students expressed their thanks with a special program on Veterans Day.
According to Dana Potts, a teacher at ACMS, several speakers were present during the special program. State Rep. Nick Bain, an Alcorn Central graduate, was one of the special guests on hand for the event.
“He talked to students about why veterans should be thanked on a regular basis, highlighting the many personal sacrifices they make to keep citizens safe,” said Potts. “Alcorn County School Resource Officer Denny Smith, Wade Cornelius (USAF), and Officer Jeff Palmer were also on hand to share their military experiences, including the hardships they faced to serve our country.”
Potts added it was a topic that hit close to home.
“When asked how many in the audience had family members or friends serving in the armed forces, almost every hand went up,” Potts continued. “The ACMS band performed patriotic songs, while the audience sang along to the ACMS chorus’s version of ‘America, the Beautiful,’ and one by one the students stood at attention, hands over hearts, as Jonah Smith and Preslee Sartain sang 'God Bless the USA'.”
It is safe to say these students are proud of all the veterans and active military members who serve their counrty, not only on holidays, but every day, according to the teacher.
“We are so thankful all year round,” Potts said. “To give just a little back and put actions behind our words, our students participated in two school-wide service projects. They did care packages filled with snacks, batteries and other necessary items, and sent them to soldiers serving overseas.”
Also to brighten the holidays for those away from family and friends, these students wrote letters and sent Christmas cards to soldiers.
“Perhaps one of our best moments of all came when one of their eighth grade students made a comment about our soldiers,” Potts concluded. “Jackson Turner is his name, and I will always remember what he said.”
“Soldiers are everyday people, who are going to the front lines to protect themselves, and others," said Turner. "I try to shake the hand of every soldier I meet and thank them for what they do to protect us."