Celeste Junior High
Veterans Day Assembly
November 11, 20

Celeste Junior High School honored local veterans with a Veterans Day Assembly on November 11, 2010.  The students and faculty decorated a Wall of Honor which listed names of veterans with their branch of service, most of whom are connected to citizens in and around the community.  Members of the Celeste Junior High School Student Council greeted guests and conducted the assembly. 

The Veterans Day Assembly began with the Posting of the Colors presented by CJHS 8th grade Boy Scout members, Gary Casey and Jordan Wright.  A stunning performance of the National Anthem and “God Bless America” was sung by CJHS 8th grader, Abby Collida.  CHS sophomore Tirrani Dozier stirred the audience with her performance of “America the Beautiful.”  The speakers Captain David Dinan and Captain Charles Shaw discussed their duties as members of the United States Air Force.  They shared experiences they have had from the cockpit of a jet seven miles up during flyovers.  Captain David Dinan explained the history and significance of Veterans Day.  The gentlemen ended with a question/answer session from the CJHS student body.  Following the address, veterans and guests grew somber with a moment of silence in recognition of fallen soldiers.  The assembly concluded with a reception for veterans and guests.  Refreshments were served by the student council. 

CJHS students also enjoyed a special moment with a local veteran after the ceremony.  Colonel Rex C. Denny, grandfather of CJHS 6th grader Rex Gentry, drove his old army jeep to the ceremony.  CJHS students gathered around to visit with Colonel Denny and get a glimpse of his jeep.  Colonel Denny, CHS Class of 1941, served 31 years in the United States Marine Corps.  He fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  CJHS students and staff would like to thank Colonel Denny and all veterans for their years of honorable service to our country.