Veterans program at Adams Central honors heroes
Wendell Abbott, Arthur Adams, Byron Adams, Glen Adler, V.W. Affolder, the list goes longer every year as the scroll of those who served the military from Adams County slowly moves down the big screen in front of the Adams Central Gym.
On the right side of the production, there is mournful war music and scenes of bombs and explosions from the wars that our nation has engaged in.
“I almost cried,” said Adams Central junior Abby Busse. “It really got to me to see what they went through, that we have people sitting here that understand what really took place.”
As always, the large crowd of veterans, students and visitors stand to salute the posting of the colors by the Adams County Post 43 Color Guard as the AC band played the Star Spangled Banner.
Following music by the Fifth Grade Dimensions, Adams Central graduate Robert Harrison told his story of patriotism, heroes (this year’s theme) and his respect for all of those who serve, regardless of capacity or duty.
Harrison honored this year’s theme of Heroes by citing several examples at home and abroad where he had met heroes, some in the most simple and humbling way.
Harrison started off immediately by giving a commonly accepted definition of hero as a, “person who performs extraordinary deeds of benefit for others.”
Harrison had just graduated from an Oklahoma school when his dad decided to move to Florence, KY, Because he was younger, Harrison’s brother was allowed to stay with a family in Oklahoma so he could finish his schooling with his friends. In the meantime, Harrison started looking ahead to his own future. But there was still one more move in the offering as his family decided to move again to Geneva.
“Where is a hero,” said Harrison. “Those people that open their home and receive them.”
My brother taught me again about whom to look for in a hometown hero.
In the meantime, Harrison had answered a resounding call to Uncle Sam.
Harrison told an attentive audience at the Adams Central, that he will never forget the late afternoon meeting he had with a U.S. Army recruiter and made the decision to join the military.
“I went to an Army recruiter and talked to him about taking a look at my own skills and what training I needed to get a good job,” said Harrison. “I’ll never forget when I went home and told my mom and dad that I had decided to join the Army. My mom cried. I reported to basic training a few weeks after,” said Harrison.
Following his discharge in September of 1987, he moved to Geneva with his parents and joined the Air National Guard.
“My commander told me that I was going to be in the best physical and mental shape of my whole life,” said Harrison.
“When the Persian Gulf War started, my platoon was better prepared than any,” Harrison said. “My guys worked hard all of the time. They were the best prepared in everything.”
Harrison concluded his speech by referring back to the theme of being a hero. He noted that an additional definition of hero would be those who wore a cap, not a uniform.
‘Each and every one of you, every man and woman who has ever served this country is a hero to me,” said Harrison.
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