On Monday, November 11, the Hackett School District paid tribute to local veterans by hosting an afternoon celebration. Each year the school district strives to honor those who have served their country to the fullest. While Hackett may be a small district, the turnout is always amazing and the guest of honor list usually exceeds 45 Veterans, from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom. Veterans are seated in special chairs on the gym floor.

All branches of the service were represented, from the Coast Guard to the Marines. This year’s program was opened by the Color Guard from the 188th Fighter Wing. They did an outstanding job!

The afternoon long program consisted of the elementary choir, high school choir, and the high school band, all under the direction of Mr. Lucas Davis. Mrs. Tracy Cooper and her daughter Mackenzie, sang God Bless the USA. The featured speaker was Col. Lanny McNeely, a retired Wing Commander. The musical presentations, the speeches, the gifts for the veterans, the reading of local deceased veteran’s names, the patriotic readings, and the reception immediately following the program were all given in honor of these special Veterans. Hackett would like to thank the 188th Fighter Wing, US Army, the US Air Guard, and other local groups who contributed to this wonderful afternoon.