Lexington District Three schools honor local veterans

While many adults celebrated Veterans Day last weekend, students all over the Midlands took the time to pay their respects to service men and women as well.


Veterans from the community attend the Batesburg-Leesville High Veterans Day program. (Photo provided)

Lexington County District Three schools showed their appreciation for local veterans by hosting several events. For instance, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School fourth-graders presented a musical program entitled, “Symbols of Valor” in the Fine Arts Center on Nov. 11.

School employees and veterans Larry Curry and Michelle Brackett each received “Quilts of Valor” from Trouble and Froggy Thornton. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with the quilts, as a symbol of comfort and healing.


Batesburg-Leesville Elementary employees Michelle Brackett and Larry Curry received “Quilts of Valor” from Trouble and Froggy Thornton during the school’s Veterans Day program. (Photo provided)

Batesburg-Leesville Middle School held a Veteran’s Day assembly in the school’s gym where U.S. Army Capt. Trey Bruner served as keynote speaker. Rachel Connelly and Jaelyn Jerez, first- and second-place winners of the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ essay contest, read their essays to the audience.

The school also hosted a luncheon for students’ family members who are veterans. A “Wall of Honor” with photos of veterans was created, and numerous displays of veterans’ memorabilia were placed in the main lobby of the school for students and visitors to view.

Batesburg-Leesville High School JROTC Panther Battalion held its annual Veteran’s Day program in the school’s gym on November 11. The keynote speaker was LTC Michael Moyer with the South Carolina Army National Guard. Local veterans were recognized for their service during the ceremony.

Additionally, Moyer, along with senior Batesburg-Leesville Battalion instructor, Col. Jonathan Robinson, conducted a Pass in Review of the Batesburg-Leesville JROTC Panther Battalion.