Veterans Day ceremony this year at Elizabethton High

The United Veterans Council of Elizabethton and Carter County will have its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Elizabethton High School on Tuesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the school gymnasium, and the public is invited to attend.
   Robert Perkins, president of the Veterans Council, said, "We must keep patriotism alive. Love of flag, love of freedom, and love of country is what makes a true patriot. It is a privilege to present these ideas to our young people. It is more than a privilege, it is our duty and we are proud to do it."
   According to Perkins, this is the beginning of the third annual tour of presenting the Veterans Day ceremony at the county's five high schools. The program will feature both veterans and students. The award-winning Elizabethton High School Band will perform, as will the school ensemble, which will sing the National Anthem. Veterans present will be recognized by the wars in which they fought and their branch of service. Decorated veterans will also be recognized. A mystery voice will bring a voice from the past.
   Following the ceremony, veterans will gather at the Soldiers Monument at the main courthouse in downtown Elizabethton for the traditional placing of the wreath.
   Among those participating in this year's program will be EHS Principal Edwin Alexander, who will give the welcoming remarks, and Sonnie Bill Mottern, Vietnam veteran, who will serve as master of ceremonies. The colors will be presented by the Color Guard of VFW Post No. 2166 and the Pledge to the Flag will be led by Bradley Brown, EHS student.
   There will be remarks by David Batchelder, Carter County Veterans Service Office; the poem "In Flanders Field," read by Ex-POW Wright Swanay; and a Tribute to the MIAs by Dean Perry, a veteran of World War II and Korea.
   Taps will be played by Jacob Pitts following a rifle salute by VFW Post No. 2166.