On Thursday, November 10th, Walton Middle School hosted its 47th annual Veterans Day program.  The pandemic paused this longstanding tradition for a couple of years, so WMS excitedly opened its doors to welcome veterans and families to the ceremony once again.  

WMS students remarkably led the event to honor all those who have bravely served our country.  The WMS chorus and band performed patriotic renditions beautifully throughout the ceremony, and Principal Jason Campbell welcomed United States Air Force Colonel Robert Cocke of the 350th Spectrum Warfare division of Eglin Air Force Base, who delivered powerful remarks about why he serves our nation.

Following the honorable program, WMS faculty, led by Mrs. Kathy Russ, and students hosted a reception with delicious light refreshments for veterans and their families.  

WMS proudly thanks the Walton High School Air Force JROTC members for their presentation and posting of colors and service flags, exhibition demonstration, flag folding ceremony, and retiring of colors.

Further, the ceremony would not have been as dignified if the WMS maintenance and custodial staff did not work hard to prepare the gym, library, and grounds for our distinguished guests.  Also, the WMS eighth grade advanced band, led by Mrs. Kamber Rafferty, and the WMS chorus, led by Mrs. Michaela Moore, and WMS student council and seventh grade helpers all put in countless hours to make the event possible.  And still, art teacher Mrs. Brittany Schaefer recruited amazing student artists to create a patriotic lobby display for all to enjoy.  Our tribe also thanks Mrs. Cathy Mosley for creating a TV and Youtube advertisement to spread the word about the event to the local community and Mr. Trey Nichols of the Electric Cart Company for the company’s generous donation of two golf carts to shuttle guests to and from the program.  And behind the scenes, Mrs. Katie Williams and the Veterans Day committee tirelessly planned and executed all details to make the event patriotic and memorable.

We also want to thank our incredible Warriors--our students--who represented our tribe well with impeccable behavior, showing our distinguished guests of honor the respect they deserved.

And finally, THANK YOU, VETERANS, for the sacrifices you have made to protect our freedoms in this great nation.

We are one tribe, on one mission, celebrating the bravery and service of our United States veterans.