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Individual sacrifice of veterans honored

Halifax County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon challenged the Halifax County High School student body and everyone else attending Friday’s annual Veterans Day program to honor veterans as individual people, not as a group on one day of the year.

“Today, I give you each a challenge,” said Herndon. “When I say “to honor our veterans and for their contributions to our country and to each of us as individuals, I truly meant as individuals,” said Herndon. 

Herndon asked each student who has a family member presently serving or having served in the military to recognize them by standing.

“Do you know your family members who are veteran heroes from the past?” she asked.

“Do you honor and thank your veteran family members who are currently serving or who have completed their service?

“If you don’t I hope you will ask your family to give you an oral history of our veteran heroes.”

Herndon paid homage to a pair of her family members who served with distinction in two different conflicts.

“My father-in-law is and will always be a true hero in my life,” recalled Herndon.

“William Robertstn Herndon Jr. graduated from Hargrave Military Academy.  He attended the University of Virginia but left in 1943 to join the Army Air Corps.

“He flew on a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 401st Bomb Group.  He was stationed in England and flew missions fighting against the Nazis.”

Another hero to her, her sister, her sister’s children and grandchildren and the Brookneal community is her brother-in-law Henry Ernie Davis.

“Ernie graduated from Halifax County High School in 1960 and served in Vietnam during 1966 and 1967,” said Herndon.

“I’m proud of him for his sevice to our country and for the work he continues to do as the past commander of the American Legion Post 52 in Brookneal and for the many ways he serves our community through his kind deeds for others.”

“These individuals represent the millions of heores who have, are or will serve our country,” concluded Herndon.”

“We honor and show respect with our actions.”


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