During the Veterans Day Ceremony Wednesday morning, Smith-Cotton High School New Score Singers perform “Salute to the Armed Forces” before the event began at 11 a.m. at the Pettis County Courthouse. New Score, under the direction of Anna Wooderson, also sang during the wreath-laying ceremony.
Those in attendance at the Veterans Day Ceremony bow their heads in prayer as American Legion State Chaplin Dr. Nicholas Gray gives the invocation on the steps of the Pettis County Courthouse Wednesday.
Smith-Cotton High School JROTC Tiger Battalion Colors Detail raise the National Colors during the Veterans Day Ceremony hosted at the Pettis County Courthouse on Wednesday.
Roy Bemiss, right, of Sedalia, sings the National Anthem after the invocation was given by Dr. Nicholas Gray, left, during the Veterans Day Ceremony hosted at the Pettis County Courthouse.
An unidentified guest at the Smith-Cotton Veterans Day Assembly makes her way through the audience as members of the S-C JROTC stand in respect to the veterans and their guests. More than 250 individuals attended the assembly which featured state Rep. Nathan Beard as the keynote speaker.
Members of the S-C JROTC program listen as their instructor Lt. Col. Harry Cunningham speaks during the Veterans Day assembly Wednesday morning at Smith-Cotton High School. Many of the cadets took part in the assembly as escorts for the veterans, members of the color guard and servers during a breakfast before the assembly.
Smith-Cotton JROTC members of the color guard present the flags during the assembly in the S-C gymnasium. The cadets also took part in the Veterans Day ceremony outside the Pettis County Courthouse at 11 a.m. This year’s Veterans Day parade was cancelled earlier in the week due to the threat of thunderstorms and high winds Wednesday afternoon.
During the S-C assembly, members of the five branches of the military were asked to stand in recognition of their service. Two generations representing the United States Army receive applause from the audience as a sign of respect and gratitude from the students and staff of Smith-Cotton. Established June 14, 1775, the Army is the oldest military branch in the United States, pre-dating the founding of the nation.
Senior Derrick Weller plays Taps to conclude the Veterans Day assembly at Smith-Cotton on Wednesday morning. Taps was officially adopted by the United States Army in 1874 to be played at all military funerals. Weller said it was a privilege to be part of an honored tradition and a tribute to veterans.