L.A.H.S. holds Veteran’s Day Program
By Mike Rizzuto
Sun Times Editor
Patriotism, heroism, and duty were all on display this past week for area youngsters to learn from, as Lake Arthur High School held its annual Veteran’s Day Program on Friday, November 7, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the new school’s gymnasium.
Much of the program’s success can be attributed to the hard work of L.A.H.S. teacher Laurie Duhon, who plans the affair each year and makes sure it runs smoothly.
Sophomore Carly Hay welcomed all of the veterans in attendance to start the program, while “The National Anthem” was played by the L.A.H.S. Band.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Macy LeBlanc.
The L.A.H.S. French Club then performed the Pledge of Allegiance in French for the public.
“A History of Veteran’s Day” was narrated by Lake Arthur High School student Kailee Courts, while teacher Duhon read a “Memorial to all Prisoners of War and those Americans Missing in Action.”
Duhon then individually introduced all of the veterans in attendance.
Student Alyssa Sonnier narrated “The Spirit of the American Soldier,” while Lake Arthur High School faculty member and fellow veteran Todd Brown introduced the guest speaker, Herb Pratt, a Lake Arthur native.
Pratt spoke of the many heroic deeds and battles in the annals of American History, stressing that “freedom comes with a cost”, “the greatest battles won are the ones that are not being fought because of the peace earned by the American Soldier.”
Pratt reminded all that “today is all we have, so we must spend it wisely,” and told the students that during wars, “all soldiers gave some, but some soldiers gave all.”
Pratt was given a standing ovation for his presentation, impressing the students on hand with his patriotic tales of the American Soldier throughout a difficult history.
The Lake Arthur High School Band was almost flawless in performing a collage of tunes representing each individual branch of American service.
Hillory Roy read “The Bravest Man I Know,” while the Lake Arthur High School Drama Club narrated
“The American Soldier.”
The musical selection “Taps” was them ably performed by junior Aulden Robinson, bringing an emotional ending to the 2008 Veteran’s Day Program at Lake Arthur High School.