Madisonville CISD honored area veterans with a ceremony in the gymnasium on Wednesday morning. Attendees were treated to performances by high school choir students, a slideshow of veterans and a flag presentation by Madisonville’s American Legion chapter.
“I think we have one of the better Veterans Day programs around,” said Madisonville CISD Superintendent Keith Smith. “It’s extremely moving as well as a great teaching tool to help our children understand how important it is that we protect our freedoms and honor those who served. Our kids handle it and they’re awesome.”
Madisonville students of all levels participated in the ceremony, whether this was speaking to the crowd or joining in song. There were also veterans in the crowd, who were seated up front.
The ceremony also followed military tradition by setting a table for prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Near the ceremony’s conclusion, the song “Taps” was performed by trumpet. “Taps” is traditionally performed at flag raising ceremonies or to honor fallen United States veterans.
The table was set with a white cloth, which represents the purity of their response to our country’s call to arms. The unoccupied chair represents an unknown face of any serviceman who is not here with us. The table is round to show that our concern for them is never ending. An upside-down wine glass on the table reminds us that our friend or friends cannot be with us to drink a toast or join in on the festivities.