Happy Valley High will host Veterans Council Nov. 11 ceremony


WWII: Names of Carter Countians serving in the armed forces were placed on an honor roll at the monument. Patriotism ran high in the country. Here, relatives, friends, and sweethearts gathered at the monument and with pride pointed out the names of their loved ones.

  The United Veterans Council of Elizabethton and Carter County, which is made up of the various veterans organizations in the county, will have its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Happy Valley High School on Thursday, 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 are pleased to have the opportunity to take this patriotic ceremony to our county high schools each year. It provides us with a chance to display to our young people the ideals of love for the flag, love for our country, and love for freedom. That's what patriotism is all about."
  Several veterans will appear on the program. There will be student participation as well. The school band will perform. Veterans present will be recognized by the war in which they fought, by their branch of service, and decorated veterans will also be recognized. A mystery guest 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 in memory of deceased veterans.
  Among those participating in the program at Happy Valley High School will be Principal Dale Campbell; Sonnie Bill Mottern, master of ceremonies; Rev. Haskiel Ingram, who will give the invocation; Daniel Denton, Pledge to the Flag; Beth Wright, the National Anthem; and remarks by Sara Sellers, USAF (ret).
  Others participating include the Happy Valley High School Band, Wright Swanay, Dean Perry, David Batchelder, the color guard from VFW Post No. 2166 and Lee Ruffin, HVHS Band Director.