On Tuesday, Oct. 29, the Gatewood School Interact Club hosted a patriotic brunch and program for the veterans of Putnam/Greene Counties as a “Thank You!” for their service in defense of our country. Former veterans and Interact members were in attendance, and the students made lifelong memories while conversing with the veterans concerning their recollections of efforts to keep our country free.

After the brunch, people moved to the auditorium for the Veterans’ Day program. Mrs. Martha Sammons, Interact sponsor, welcomed the group which also included all high school students. Hank Hall, the Interact president opened with prayer and led the students and veterans in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joey Vargas, Interact Gatewood senior, played the guitar and sang “This Land.” Lyla Davis, also an Interact member, sang “God Bless the USA.” Former Gatewood student and student teacher to Mrs. Sammons, Emily Embry, introduced the speaker, Putnam County native, Mr. Rudy Hicks. Mr. Hicks spoke to a spellbound student body about the acts of bravery, sacrifice, and honor of many of the local heroes in service to our country. The crowd listened intently as Mr. Hicks described battlefield scenes and the code of honor of American veterans to truly keep our country, “The Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave.”

Matthew Phillips, Interact treasurer led the Rotary “Four Way Test.” Mr. Terry Embry was recognized for his help and kindness; Tom Cornelia was acknowledged for his patience, and mentorship to the Gatewood Interact Group; and of course, Mr. Rudi Hicks was distinguished for taking his time for our students to renew their patriotism to our country. The program was adjourned. Even though this was our first Veterans’ Day celebration, this will become an annual event for the Gatewood Interact Club.

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