VETERANS DAY ... Several veterans attending Adams Central's annual program on Wednesday are standing as they are honored. (Photo by Jannaya Andrews)
Adams Central Community Schools held its annual Veteran's Day program Wednesday, honoring Adams County veterans and all those who have served in the armed forces.
The event kicked off with the posting of the colors by the American Legion Post 43 Color Guard, followed by the Adams Central band playing "The Star Spangled Banner."
The Fifth Grade Dimensions entertained the crowd with a stirring performance, singing "Blue, Red and White," "Patriot Day," and "This Flag We Fly."
AC graduate Robert Harrison was the guest speaker for the event. He recalled his time in the Army, making special note of how his time in the service, and those he served with, helped make him a better man.
Harrison talked of what it means to be a hero, stating real heroes don't wear a cape, they wear a uniform.
"Each and every one of you, every man and woman who has served their country is a hero to me," said Harrison.
While the program was in honor of all veterans, the students wanted to pay a special tribute to those who served in the Persian Gulf war.
Riley McCullough produced a video featuring images of the Persian Gulf, while the names of every Adams County veteran who served in the armed forces at any time scrolled down the screen.
The video concluded with three volleys fired by the color guard and the playing of "Taps" by David Rice.
Adams Central's high school band launched into the "Marches of the Armed Forces," and veterans throughout the gymnasium stood in honor as their military branch was recognized.
A special award was given to former AC teacher Carolyn McCammon, who was honored after being named the American Legion's Teacher of the Year last year.
With one last "thank you" and a standing ovation in honor of veterans everywhere, the program concluded with the Retiring of Colors by the color guard.