SSHS Veterans Program will honor those who served while taking COVID-19 precautions
Sulfur Springs High School will host its annual Veterans Day program. While the Veterans’ Celebration will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11, it will be conducted in a way that honors those who served while still taking COVID-19 precautions, SSISD Deputy Superintendent Josh Williams announced on Tuesday. November 3.
“To protect you, we decided to celebrate you with, what we call, a reverse parade. You will walk through our campus to see and hear a version of our traditional program and you will serve a packed lunch,” reads a letter from SSHS students and staff, and Williams, inviting all Hopkins County veterans to the SSHS Veterans Day program. .
Veterans can take the designated route between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on November 11, at their convenience.
Veterans will be directed to enter the student parking lot between the Extension Office and the Dairy Museum, then proceed to the Civic Center, turning left at the gazebo. The veteran will stop at the lookout and check in with a student, who will provide or place on the windshield a service tag indicating the branch of service in which the individual served or is serving.
From there, the veteran should follow the driveway to the civic center canopy and stop. SSHS Culinary Arts students will serve a box lunch to be enjoyed in the safety of the veteran’s home.
The veteran will then proceed to the next building on campus to listen to service songs sung by choir students. Afterwards, the veteran will travel to the high school canopy via the bus lane to receive letters of appreciation from students.
To wrap up the SSHS Veterans Day program, veterans who have not returned home will be honored with the display of the POW/MIA table at the end of the bus lane. From there, the veteran will be directed to leave the high school campus via Gladys Alexander Lane to Houston Street.
While SSHS will be limiting contact as much as possible to ensure maximum safety during this time, it is the “best hope” of the students and staff involved in organizing the celebration “to honor each and every one of you”. .
Letters have been sent to veterans for whom SSHS participants have addresses. A postcard will be provided in the letter, which the veteran is asked to complete and return as soon as possible to ensure SSHS students have enough lunches and letters for everyone.
“While this program is not long, we could not let a Veterans Day pass without honoring our Hopkins County veterans in some way,” the letter to Hopkins County reads. “We look forward to honoring you and the sacrifices you have made for our country.”