Veterans Day program commended

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This letter is to commend all concerned with the outstanding program that was presented on Veterans Day at Carroll County Intermediate School in Hillsville.
This ceremony was definitely over the top with patriotism, love of God and love of country.
From the performance of Junior ROTC members, the chorus, the band, the speeches by Gracie and Kymbre, who had won the patriotic essay contest, keynote speaker Lt. Col. Byron Penland (commander of the Radford Arsenal), Mr. Thompson, the CCIS principal, and the student body, perfection prevailed.
The folding of the flag of the United States was especially impressive.
These kinds of events are so important for impressionable young people and praise was earned by all who had a part in making this one of the most impressive events in the area.
Thanks to Ruthie Ridge Griggs for initiating this kind of event 36 years ago.
As a retired teacher who attended the luncheon at the Carter Building after the Veterans’ Day event, I must also extend the highest praises to Elizabeth Huff and her crew for an outstandingly delicious lunch for the Carroll County Retired Teachers Association.
My heart is full of praise for all concerned in making both events highly enjoyable.    
Shirley Harmon Steele