In a continuing effort to introduce students at Lebanon High School to their community, local veterans will be featured each week as they lead the student body in the Pledge of Allegiance and the playing of the National Anthem each morning as they begin their day.
Principal Myra Jane Sloan said she wants students to realize freedom isn’t free, and know the veterans who have helped secure this by their dedicated efforts.
“Being deeply embedded within the community is one of our greatest assets, and we want to show our appreciation to them,” said Sloan.
Sloan said veterans hold a special place in her heart because her father was in World War II and had his leg amputated at three different lengths with the last time at the hip due to gangrene. His limb was too short for a prosthesis, so he had to use crutches, and she can remember how sore his armpits would get from using them.
She also said it was an effort to remember and honor the soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice by having lost their lives during war.
This also goes hand in hand with the ROTC Air Force instructional program at Lebanon High School to help bring awareness to the organization, Sloan said.