Milford ISD pays tribute to our Veterans

Image: William Powell (left) retired from the Army and Tim Mahoney (right) from the Marines.

William Powell (left) retired from the Army and Tim Mahoney (right) from the Marines. (Cindy Sutherland)

Monday morning it was standing room only in Milford ISD’s gymnasium as the school and community came together to honor the veterans for Veterans Day.

Chief Carlos Phoenix (Milford police chief) and Russell Johnson (Boy Scouts of America troop 251) performed the Posting of the Colors and Taylor Falzerano (band president) led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Milford ISD band played under the tutelage of Mark Lucas (band director), the Star Spangled Banner while everyone paid homage to the flag.

Marilee Byrne (principal) welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. She told everyone, “Milford ISD is proud to honor our veterans and those currently serving our country. The sacrifices made by you and your families are immeasurable and unforgettable. It is with great admiration and respect that we, the students, faculty and community show our appreciation and utmost respect to you on this honored day.”

Special music was performed by the pre-k class as they sang enthusiastically, America. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade music classes presented and sang
March of the Wee Americans and 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade music classes sang In Service of Our Country.

Lots of veterans were present. Two of those veterans were William Power who retired from the Army after twenty years of service and Tim Mahoney who was in the Marines from 1944 to 1950. Mahoney fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. Both stood proudly to be recognized.

Russell Johnson (band treasurer) encouraged us to remember the men and women who served our country. He said, “Freedom is not free, so take time on this special day to thank the veterans.”

Mark Lucas brought the program to an end by having a moment of silence for the Veterans followed by the performance of Taps.

Thank you veterans one and all!