Lexington High School Gives Veterans An Exciting Welcome

  • 11/9/2018 4:46:21 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

LEXINGTON, OH - The Lexington High School Veteran's Day Celebration started with a bang on Friday afternoon as students lined the hallways to cheer on service men and women marching behind the high school band.

Everyone filed into the hall following a short performance of the Armed Forces Medley. The band led the students and those being honored to the flag outside, where the National Anthem was played in honor of those who served our country. The event was followed by a lunch for veterans, currently serving members of the armed forces, and their families.

Emory Estep, now Post Commander of VFW Post 5101, was drafted to serve in the Vietnam war in 1968. He attended Lexington's Veteran's Day celebration for the first time in 2017, and he says it was the first real welcome home he had ever experienced. "It brought tears to my eyes," Estep said.

Eric Hammond, Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army and a recruiter for the National Guard, called the event "humbling." For Hammond, service runs in the family.

"It's just something that I always wanted to do. I come from a military family, not only Army but a lot of Navy in my family as well," said Hammond. He has been in the service for nearly 26 years and says "it's just kind of a way of life at this point."

Over a dozen veterans and men and women currently serving attended the event, which Lexington High School Principal Kevin Young says he wants to continue next year. As he told WMFD, "We would like to continue this and grow it in appreciation of our brave heroes."

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