Annual MHHS veterans ceremony set for Thursday

Photo: Last year’s veterans ceremony included the student body and was held in the high school gymnasium. This year the event will be livestreamed to students and will take place in Dunbar Auditorium. Masks and social distancing are required of all guests.

Mountain Home High School will host its 12th annual “Freedom is Not Free” veterans program on Thursday morning at 9. The program was postponed last fall. The program will be held in Dunbar Auditorium at the high school. All those in attendance will be required to wear masks and maintain social distance.

High school ROTC instructor and the event’s coordinator Bud Zorman explains several changes had to be made to the event’s usual structure due to COVID-19.

“This is an important event for our veterans and our students, but their health and safety is also a top priority,” Zorman says. “For that reason, we have decided to cut down on attendees by having students watch a livestream of the program from their classrooms rather than in person. The only students who will be in the auditorium are those participating in the program.”

During the program, veterans will be recognized and honored. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin will be in attendance and will provide remarks.

The high school brass ensemble will perform the national anthem. The high school ROTC Honor Guard will demonstrate the proper way to fold an American flag, while explaining what each fold represents. The American Legion Honor Guard will shoot the ceremonial volleys to represent the 21-gun salute.

Honorary Mountain Home High School diplomas will be awarded to veterans who were unable to complete their high school education due to service obligations.

Parking spaces around the Bomber plane and in the parking lot next to Dunbar Auditorium will be reserved for veterans. Those who cannot attend the event in person will have the opportunity to view it via livestreaming by clicking here.

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