Whitewright students stand guard at veteran memorial for 24 hours

Published: Nov. 9, 2019 at 7:57 PM CST
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Students and staff at Whitewright High School are honoring veterans before the upcoming holiday.

From 10 a.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday, a student was standing guard at all times at their memorial honoring local heroes.

"We just feel like we need to honor the people that have served our country. And it's just really important to us," senior Macy Edwards said.

"They pay the ultimate sacrifice. And I just want to do as much as I can to respect them and show how grateful I am for them," said senior Lawson Moore.

Whitewright High School students are doing just that, showing gratefulness with their annual Veterans Day program.

Last year, they started the honor guard where for 24 hours, students stand at the memorial on the west end of the football field, no matter the weather.

The monument honors veterans from Whitewright who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"We try to do our best to honor them, and we really love that they come out and let us honor them," Edwards said.

Moore stood guard from 4 to 5 Friday morning.

His grandfather served in the Army as an engineer.

"Every 15 minutes we would take paces. And yeah, it was cold. Very cold," Moore said.

Friday morning the Honor Guard ended with a ceremony at school, where any community veterans could come.

Navy veteran Randy Pierce said it meant a lot for students to walk up to him and say thank you.

"That's the only thing I can say is God bless all of my veterans. Thank you for everything," Pierce said.

"I think it's just representative of what this community is all about. It's about family and helping one another out in good times and bad," said English teacher and Army veteran Karen Hodgdon.

A way to honor those who fought to keep our country the land of the free.

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