CMS hon­ors vet­er­ans with Fri­day cer­e­mony

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

Cedar­town Mid­dle School got a head start on Vet­eran’s Day with a school wide cel­e­bra­tion of those who served in the armed forces.

With a pa­tri­otic stu­dent base and ded­i­cated staff, the school pulled off a multi-lay­ered event that sported a per­for­mance of TAPS by the CMS band, moved into the recog­ni­tion of vet­er­ans, fea­tured orig­i­nal vet­eran themed po­etry from stu­dents, and a pas­sion­ate speech from prin­ci­pal Shan­non Hulsey, among other parts of the cer­e­mony.

The size of the event was partly due to stu­dent’s com­mit­ment. Dis­tressed at the school’s old, tat­tered flag, the stu­dent body formed a flag rais­ing group that works in the morn­ings and after­noons.

Sher­iff Johnny Moats brought the school a new flag af­ter hear­ing about the sit­u­a­tion, and Coosa Credit Union or­dered a mas­sive 6 by 8 flag for CMS. The school it­self is look­ing to pur­chase a spot­light so the flag can be seen fly­ing even in the night.

The school’s pa­tri­o­tism no doubt helped make the mas­sive event pos­si­ble. There were 21 stu­dent par­tic­i­pants who asked ques­tions, wrote po­etry, cre­ated es­says, gave speeches, played mu­sic, or other­wise con­trib­uted to hon­or­ing lo­cal vets.

A se­lect few stu­dents, who showed in­ter­est in join­ing a branch of the mil­i­tary, were hon­ored with the role of flag bearer.

“The stu­dents all did won­der­ful,” Hulsey said. “Thank you to all who par­tic­i­pated, and as re­ward for the good be­hav­ior, teach­ers should take their classes out for a min­i­mum 20-minute re­cess break.”

Giv­ing lo­cal vets the honor they de­serve was made pos­si­ble only by staff, stu­dents, and the com­mu­nity at l arge. First Bap­tist Church of Cedar­town do­nated mil­i­tary flags, Greg Gay and the Polk County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety tem­po­rar­ily loaned mil­i­tary ob­jects for dis­play, Jeff Gos­sett di­rected the band, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Wood­house served as speak­ers, and the stu­dents and staff do­nated time and ef­fort.

CMS’s Vet­eran’s Day event is unique in that those in­volved fo­cused ex­ten­sively on the his­tory of the hol­i­day. Ev­ery­thing from the songs to the sym­bols had their lin­eage and mean­ing dis­cussed in de­tail, and even the event’s pro­gram was lined with in­for­ma­tion.

“In 1954, af­ter hav­ing been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress amended the Act of 1938 by strik­ing out the word “Armistice” and in­sert­ing the word “Vet­er­ans,” Olivia Cleve­land wrote in one small ex­cerpt from the event’s his­tory of Vet­eran’s Day seg­ment. “With the ap­proval of the leg­is­la­tion on June 1, 1954, Novem­ber 11 be­came a day to honor Amer­i­can vet­er­ans of all wars.”

Mark Wood­house was one speaker dur­ing the Nov. 10 event who an­swered stu­dent pro­vided ques­tions rang­ing ev­ery- where from what the mil­i­tary does to what one can ex­pect in the armed forces.

“This ques­tion asks, ‘ which branch of the mil­i­tary should I join?’” Wood­house said. “Se­ri­ously though, you should join which­ever branch in­ter­ests you the most, whether it be the Army, Air Force, or Navy.”

There’s no such thing as a Vet­eran’s Day cer­e­mony with­out mu­sic, and the CHS band took it away with mul­ti­ple mil­i­tary in­spired songs such as TAPS, Re­tire the Col­ors, and Pre­lude and Post­ing of Col­ors.

“’Taps’ is a 24-note bu­gle melody played at U.S. mil­i­tary fu­ner­als and memo­ri­als and as a light­sout sig­nal to soldiers at night. Its ori­gin dates back to the Amer­i­can Civil War and U.S. Gen­eral Daniel But­ter­field,” Ava Reaves men­tioned. “Gen­eral But­ter­field was dis­sat­is­fied with the stan­dard bu­gle call used by the Army to in­di­cate to troops it was time to sleep. He rewrote the ex­ist­ing bu­gle call to sig­nal the end of the day.”

Cedar­town Mid­dle’s 2017 vet cer­e­mony was de­signed to take the event back to its tra­di­tional roots with a more elab­o­rate cel­e­bra­tion style.

In re­cent years, the school fo­cused solely on com­mem­o­rat­ing the vet­er­ans, but Nov. 10, 2017 marked one of the school’s most ex­trav­a­gant cer­e­monies.

Sean Wil­liams / Sj

Cedar­town Mid­dle School hosts vet­er­ans for their spe­cial pro­gram last Fri­day.

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