From Ted Barber, Thanking UCHS and Others for Veterans Day Ceremony

Thank You UCHS for Honoring Our Veterans
Dear Editor:
On behalf of the American Legion Post 153, we thank Carlton Faulk, Union County School Board Superintendent, Mike Riplinger, Union County High School Principal, the award winning Tiger Band, the UCHS JROTC, and the students and faculty of the three Union County Schools for the tribute to our County’s Veterans and their families on Friday, November 10, 2017. The 2017 Veteran’s Day Ceremony was a fantastic honor to all the military men and women who have  or are serving our state and nation in the Army, Navy, Air force, Marines,   Coast Guard and National Guard (Active and Reserve).
This year’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony was conceived by Mr. Riplinger as a possible answer to many issues regarding the students not the least of which was the back to back homecoming and Veteran’s Day Parades in November of each year. The Homecoming Parade was normally preceding the Veteran’s Day Parade. These back to back parades placed a burden on the schools that was partially relieved with the consolidated ceremony and the elimination of the Veteran’s Day Parade. The honoring of all veterans was accomplished by placing them at the lead of the Homecoming Parade.
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony honoring the men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifices while serving our Country in uniform, normally happens when the students are in Summer Recess and there is no planned parade. Student involvement for Memorial Day Ceremonies is on a voluntary basis.
The Lake Butler American Legion Post No. 153 meets quarterly (January 18, April 19, July 19 and October 18, 2018). We have a covered dish supper in the Lake Butler Lodge No. 52 Dining Room and conduct our business following the supper. We support the Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day Activities, the UCHS JROTC and the UC American Legion Baseball League.  Spouses and friends are encouraged to attend with our members. The annual cost for membership is nominal and can be accomplished on line or through our Adjutant, Thomas Fortner.

God Bless Our Veterans,

Ted M. Barber, Post Commander

You can view photos from the Veterans Day Ceremony here.


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