GC celebrates Veterans Day


By Matt Lasley - mlasley@civitasmedia.com



Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason, front row, left, Legion members Mickey Kipper, back row, middle, and Terry Phillips, back row, right, and Carolyn Thomason, back row, left, visited Breckinridge Grayson Head Start on Thursday, Nov. 12. to discuss what it means to be a veteran. The visit was a continuation of Post 81’s Veterans Day activities.


Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Steven Lofgren, of the National Guard, alongside his wife, Liz, and children, Victoria, Lainey, and James touch the star at Clarkson Elementary honoring Steve Lofgren’s service on Veterans Day.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason, himself a veteran of the war in Iraq, served as guest speaker during Post 81’s Veterans Day program this past Wednesday, Nov. 11.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 member Cliff Hazelwood stands before the POW/MIA table after lighting a candle symbolizing a “light of hope” to guide prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) home.


Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of American Legion Post 81’s Veterans Day program this past Wednesday bow their heads for a moment of silence in honor of Grayson County’s veterans.


Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Kansas and Kayden Minton enjoyed a special lunch with their granddad, Harold Minton, in honor of his service in the army.


Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Amie and Aaron Darst view the wall that held the names of the many veterans who celebrated Veterans Day at Clarkson Elementary School.


Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Students presented the veterans in their lives with special certificates of recognition on Wednesday.


Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Veterans attending Grayson County Middle School’s Veterans Day event took a moment to introduce themselves and tell when, where, and in what capacity they served.


Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Trumpeters played “Taps” as part of an annual tradition at GCMS.


Citizens across Grayson County paused to celebrate and honor the service and self-sacrifice of American veterans this past Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11).

The local American Legion posts, as well as Grayson County Schools held ceremonies honoring Grayson County’s men and women whom have served in the armed forces.

One such group, American Legion Post 81, held its annual Veterans Day program on Wednesday morning.

The program featured the recognition of local veterans of armed conflict, a performance of the National Anthem by Rodney Cain, and the preparation of the prisoners of war (POW)/missing in action (MIA) table, honoring those in uniform whose fates have gone unaccounted for.

American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason served as the guest speaker for Post 81’s Veterans Day program.

In addition to promoting the currently under construction American Legion Post 81 Veterans Memorial Park and the newly initiated K9 Service Dogs for PTSD program, through which Post 81 provides service dogs to local veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, Thomason also spoke about why he chose to take over as Post 81 Commander.

Thomason said joining the military saved his life, giving him a mission and purpose while deployed in Iraq, and upon returning home, he has found a new mission, through the American Legion, to help improve the lives of local veterans, many of whom struggle to adjust to home life.

“My plan and mission now is to help veterans here,” Thomason said. “I’m not going to give up on them.”

Also on Wednesday, Grayson County’s schools held programs throughout the day to recognize veteran staff members and students’ veteran family members for their service.

Post 81 continued its Veterans Day celebration on Thursday, Nov. 12, as well, as members visited Breckinridge Grayson Head Start in Leitchfield to discuss the meaning of being a veteran with students.

Additional reporting by Brittany Wise and Theresa Armstrong.

Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason, front row, left, Legion members Mickey Kipper, back row, middle, and Terry Phillips, back row, right, and Carolyn Thomason, back row, left, visited Breckinridge Grayson Head Start on Thursday, Nov. 12. to discuss what it means to be a veteran. The visit was a continuation of Post 81’s Veterans Day activities.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Head-Start-Veterans-Day-Visit.jpgTheresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason, front row, left, Legion members Mickey Kipper, back row, middle, and Terry Phillips, back row, right, and Carolyn Thomason, back row, left, visited Breckinridge Grayson Head Start on Thursday, Nov. 12. to discuss what it means to be a veteran. The visit was a continuation of Post 81’s Veterans Day activities.

Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Steven Lofgren, of the National Guard, alongside his wife, Liz, and children, Victoria, Lainey, and James touch the star at Clarkson Elementary honoring Steve Lofgren’s service on Veterans Day.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Clarkson-Vets-Day-1.jpgTheresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Steven Lofgren, of the National Guard, alongside his wife, Liz, and children, Victoria, Lainey, and James touch the star at Clarkson Elementary honoring Steve Lofgren’s service on Veterans Day.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason, himself a veteran of the war in Iraq, served as guest speaker during Post 81’s Veterans Day program this past Wednesday, Nov. 11.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Legion-Veterans-Day-Program.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 Commander Shane Thomason, himself a veteran of the war in Iraq, served as guest speaker during Post 81’s Veterans Day program this past Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 member Cliff Hazelwood stands before the POW/MIA table after lighting a candle symbolizing a “light of hope” to guide prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) home.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Legion-Veterans-Day-Program-2.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette American Legion Post 81 member Cliff Hazelwood stands before the POW/MIA table after lighting a candle symbolizing a “light of hope” to guide prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) home.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of American Legion Post 81’s Veterans Day program this past Wednesday bow their heads for a moment of silence in honor of Grayson County’s veterans.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Legion-Veterans-Day-Program-4.jpgMatt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Attendees of American Legion Post 81’s Veterans Day program this past Wednesday bow their heads for a moment of silence in honor of Grayson County’s veterans.

Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Kansas and Kayden Minton enjoyed a special lunch with their granddad, Harold Minton, in honor of his service in the army.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Clarkson-Vets-Day-4.jpgTheresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Kansas and Kayden Minton enjoyed a special lunch with their granddad, Harold Minton, in honor of his service in the army.

Theresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Amie and Aaron Darst view the wall that held the names of the many veterans who celebrated Veterans Day at Clarkson Elementary School.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Clarkson-Vets-Day-5.jpgTheresa Armstrong | GC News-Gazette Amie and Aaron Darst view the wall that held the names of the many veterans who celebrated Veterans Day at Clarkson Elementary School.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Students presented the veterans in their lives with special certificates of recognition on Wednesday.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_2858.jpgBrittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Students presented the veterans in their lives with special certificates of recognition on Wednesday.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Veterans attending Grayson County Middle School’s Veterans Day event took a moment to introduce themselves and tell when, where, and in what capacity they served.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_2854.jpgBrittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Veterans attending Grayson County Middle School’s Veterans Day event took a moment to introduce themselves and tell when, where, and in what capacity they served.

Brittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Trumpeters played “Taps” as part of an annual tradition at GCMS.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_FullSizeRender.jpgBrittany Wise | GC News-Gazette Trumpeters played “Taps” as part of an annual tradition at GCMS.

By Matt Lasley

mlasley@civitasmedia.com

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