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Chatham Schools honor veterans

Posted Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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Silk Hope, NC - On Friday, November 8, Pittsboro Elementary and Silk Hope School both held different but moving Veteran’s Day programs.

Silk Hope School honored area veterans, law enforcement, fire department, and EMS with a ceremony attended by the members of the community and the entire student body.

Valencia Toomer, Assistant Principal, welcomed everyone to the event. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard Team carried out a presentation of colors at the beginning of the ceremony which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayson Snavely, President of the Jr. Beta Club and the national anthem. Cub Scout Pack 911, Boy Scout Troop 911, and the Silk Hope Girl Scouts then presented a flag presentation to the veterans.

Toomer recognized the guests. She presented Ivan Mendenhall of Siler City as the oldest veteran in attendance. Sheriff Richard Webster and the Honor Guard team would present Mendenhall with a flag of appreciation for his service later in the ceremony. Mendenhall, age 87, is an army veteran who began his tour of duty in 1944 and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was joined by his wife Frances at the ceremony.

Also in attendance, and almost the same age as Mendenhall, was Joe Smith of the Silk Hope community. Smith also served in the army during World War II, and was honored with a special presentation during the reception following the ceremony. He will turn 87 this week.

At the end of the ceremony, all of the military veterans and law enforcement in attendance were invited to the school media center for a reception in their honor. As the Veterans walked down the sidewalk from the gym to the reception the students lined down the sidewalk and clapped to honor their guests.

Pittsboro Elementary presented the musical Proud to be American for veterans and parents. Before the musical began The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard Team held a presentation of colors flag ceremony.

The musical consisted of seven patriotic songs with historical narration between the songs. Several students were dressed as memorable historical figures also.

After the musical the Honor Guard retired the colors and the program adjourned.

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