* The High Country Chapter, MOAA, under the leadership of President Lt Col George Brudzinski, USMC-Ret. (right) has held a ceremony at the Boone Mall in Boone, NC every Memorial Day and Veterans Day for the past 7 years.
* The number of attendees at the ceremonies is always high due to the interest in the celebratory theme to honor our patriots, but also because of the strong commitment towards veterans in the most military friendly state...North Carolina.
* This years program attendance was the largest ever...following colors, the invocation, the recognition of attendees in the audience from WWII up to the present, and the introduction of guests, a program honoring the flag and military persons throughout American history was presented by Generation eXcellent, a group of 19 home-schooled children from Ashe County.
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The newly formed Watauga High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC presented the colors. The High Country Chapter was instrumental in helping to get this JROTC program established.
1st LT Seth Norris, High Country Chaplain gave the invocaion.
State Representative Jonathan Jordan, 1LT Norris, CAPT-Ret. Doug Ehrhardt, NC Council of Chapters VP, Congresswoman Virgina Foxx, Boone Town Council members Nathan Miller and Billy Kennedy, and Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson.
Generation eXcellent opens the program with a patiotic song, "I Love this Land".
Members of Generation eXcellent discuss the creation of the American Constitution.
Girls in period costumes decry the loss of loved ones in conflicts from the Revolution to modern day fighting in WWII, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Watauga Community Band played both before and after the program and made everyone feel a sense of pride through their patriotic selections.