Marshall FFA honors veterans

Friday, November 8, 2013
An FFA member recognizes David Duffer, a local honored veteran, during Friday's assembly. (Kelly Melies/Democrat-News)

The Marshall FFA chapter honored veterans Friday morning, Nov. 8, during the fourth annual assembly in the Marshall High School gymnasium. The assembly honors all of the veterans and their families.

The assembly opened by honoring the veterans and the country with the National Anthem performed by the MHS choir. FFA members held American flags during the song.

Veterans from all branches of the military and armed services were honored including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard.

Nine FFA members spoke about the various branches, the sacrifices they made and also read poems about the United States and American symbolism, including the poem "I am the Flag" by Ruth Apperson Rous.

Jim Brown, a navy veteran, has been attending these events since the start.

The MHS Choir performs a song, directed by Ann Lewis, with Julie Lewis accompanying on piano. (Kelly Melies/Democrat-News)

"I didn't know it's been four, but I'll have to go home and count my certificates," Brown said.

Brown served in the Navy from 1958-1962. He served on a carrier and didn't get to see a lot of action but the planes did he said.

Brown added he enjoys being honored and congratulated the children for putting together such a great program.

Callie Dobbins, FFA adviser, said this event takes about three weeks to plan.

"The leadership class from the ag department plans this," Dobbins said. "There are about 15-20 other members who help hold the flags and gather the donated items for the boxes for soldiers program."

The boxes for soldiers program is in its fifth year and consists of canned goods and other non-perishable items.

"The boxes contain about 20 items and we pack them as full as we can get them," Dobbins said.

They reach out to local people who might have relatives serving overseas first. They get the information from them to send the boxes to the deployed members.

They try to send as much as they can to support those serving the country.

Dobbins said Jason Price, former FFA adviser, also collects some boxes to send to a Missouri National Guard unit serving overseas.

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