Thursday, November 10, 2016 – Central High School students, teachers and administrators celebrated Veterans Day today with a school-wide assembly to honor those who have fought for our country. Representatives from the five branches of the armed services were in attendance. The guest speaker at the assembly was Jerry LaChance who served in the United States Army and recently rode over 2,000 miles to raise funds for Ride 2 Recovery, an organization that assists veterans. Mr. LaChance spoke to students about his days as a teenager fighting in Vietnam and why he felt it was important to serve his country. Mr. LaChance spoke about his experience with veterans and his amazing Ride to Recovery journey. His story of people up and down the East Coast helping him complete his voyage for veterans struck the hearts of many of the students. His message was simple, do what you can because the veterans need and appreciate it.
The assembly began with the Central High School Color Guard, music by Central High School Choir and Orchestra and an essay written by Class of 2017 student Lily Hayward.
In addition to the assembly, Central's Grace Metalious Chapter of the National English Honor Society has spear-headed the initiative to write thank you letters to veterans who are shut-ins and serviced by the St. Joseph's Meals on Wheels program. While Central students have participated for several years, this year saw a record number of letters: well over 500! These were delivered to the veterans on Veterans Day.