|By Tony A. Johnson
On Thursday, November 11,
Veterans Day, the members of the Lewis County Middle School Student Council took a field
trip to decorate the graves of those who served this country.
The students were taken to five cemeteries where they placed flags upon more than 100
graves and documented more than 300. The trip was an invaluable learning experience
providing the students with the knowledge of what it means to have the freedom that these
men and women fought, bled, and died for.
The students showed unbelievable respect for the veterans that they were there to honor
by decorating and in some cases cleaning debris form the graves.
"We do many things to show our appreciation to the Veterans, but the children
seldom have the chance to say thanks. They wanted to show that they truly are thankful for
the society these brave Americans fought to preserve," stated Jack Lykins, sponsor of
the group, "and we as sponsors were happy to help them do just that."
Although the day was dreary, spirits were bright and the students were upbeat and ready
to learn. With flags and notebooks in hand, they combed each cemetery in search of the
Zach Zornes, one member of the student council, stated, "I really enjoyed the
experience of decorating the graves. It gave me the chance to see some from as far back as
the Civil War. I thought that was pretty cool."
row (left to right) are Emilie McCane, Aundrea Carroll, Blake Kilgore, Brandon Willis,
Zach Zornes, Emily Esham, Cairee Fannin, Heather Logan and Marlene Patton; back row, Clay
Lykins, Erika Morgan, Amman Cooper, Tatum Holder, Randy Wills, Frankie Witten, Andy
Downing, Stanley Bess, Alex McGlone, Corey Collins, Nickie Cherry and Christina Lyons.
The activity was applauded by many in the community, but most of all by the parents
of the participants. Michelle Carroll, parent of Aundrea Carroll, felt that "this is
a great experience for all the kids. I hope that this becomes a tradition."
The educational value of this trip is immeasurable. This experience will be remembered
for years to come. The sponsors for the council, Jack Lykins and Tony Johnson, would like
to thank the administrators at the Middle School, Mr. Travis Hobbs, the parents, the VFW
for the flags, and most importantly the students who made the experience not only a
memorable one, but a full-filling one.
We can be comforted in knowing that the memory of all that was sacrificed for us will
not fade in the immediate future.