While we still have a little less than a week before our entire nation pauses to honor those who have served to protect and defend our country, Gautier High School got a head start on showing appreciation and paying homage to our veterans.
Patriotism filled the air, a sea of red, white, and blue, and a time to reflect on those who have sacrificed and served to secure, protect, and defend the freedoms we all enjoy today as Gautier High School’s parade honoring our veterans rolled down the street on Thursday. Gautier High student Dewan Johnson said, “Freedom isn’t free. Without them there wouldn’t be freedom. I just came out here today to celebrate them.”
Hundreds of students and teachers lined the parade route at Gautier High School to give an early salute to our veterans.
With Veterans Day just around the corner, the school’s Navy JROTC stood at attention to pay homage, alongside their instructor Senior Chief Stanley Weaver, a veteran who served 22 years in the military before taking on a new mission here: grooming our leaders of tomorrow and leading by example today. “That’s what it’s all about. There are a lot of men and women who are no longer here. There are a lot of men and women who were able to make it back from wars. We wouldn’t be where we are, and I wouldn’t be where I am right now without those men and women who paved the way with their patriotism. I’m just giving back, and that’s my job to do. I’m blessed to be here to hopefully to help mold some young man or young lady to join the military and keep going forward and going forth and keep the tradition going.”
Gautier High School’s Navy JROTC Master Chief Adam Cole has signed up to join the United States Army and will head out for basic training when he graduates next year, but on this day the focus is on those who blazed the path before him. “It’s important because the veterans like to see the young folks out there showing their support and thanks for all the service that they did back then.”