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The Wildcat Salute to Veterans
The Wildcat Salute to Veterans is an eleventh annual event where Humble High School students honored veterans with their "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," at Humble High School this morning. The "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," was replicated by the HHS Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. 1st Sgt. Mirella Lerdo walked the 21 steps mandated by the Arlington National Cemetery.
This student service-learning event was made possible by a variety of on-campus clubs and community businesses. The HHS Band, Byron Rains and Beatriz Mendoza, played "Taps," in salute to the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," as well as the HHS A Cappello Choir sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," and "America the Beautiful," for the beginning and conclusion of the award ceremony. Senior representatives, Kiran Ahmed and Jana Johnson, said the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag and the Texas flag while the International Baccalaureate student leaders, Kevin Scherer and Adriene Grigsby, represented HHS and spoke during the event. The Key Club treated veterans to a Chick-Fil-A breakfast sponsored by Nora Brown and Steven Williams of the Fall Creek Chick-Fil-A restaurant. Former teacher, David Dippel, and Bryan Viator created the "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," replica. Senior Slam Poetry Team members, Justin Sheppard and Kyle Floyd, recited "The Unknown Soldier," by Billy Rose in honor of deceased veterans. The HHS JROTC assisted throughout the whole event under Sgm (Ret.) David Watkins.
United States Air Force Lt. Col. (Ret.) John Heimburger, was the guest speaker at the Wildcat Salute, a USAF and Viet Nam veteran recipient of the Silver Star honoring his bravery in combat. He honored Army Chief Warrant Officer, James T. Rodgers, Navy Seaman Terry Riggle and USAF Master Sgt. James C. Haycraft. There was a special tribute to Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert Rohm by Representative of Congressman Ted Poe's office, Kim Brode, and Texas State Rep. Dan Huberty awarded flags, which flew over the state capitol today. In addition, the presentation of HHS Challenge Coins were awarded to Lt. Col. (Ret.) John Heimburger and Col. Michael Mittag a 1982 HHS graduate and former HHS faculty alumnus.
Community veterans in attendance: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4816, State Chaplain Norman Macey and Service Officer, Mike Stoutenger. Also, Gunnery Sgt. Robert Chambers and Staff Sgt. Cecil McConnell.
Channel 13 covered Humble High School's Wildcat Salute to Veterans this morning. See the coverage here.