Bryan County Middle School celebrated Veterans Day on Nov. 10 with a program that consisted of songs, speakers and original readings by students.
Speakers were Lt. Col. Jonathan McColumn, who is stationed in the Pentagon Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, as the director of the Contracting Administration Support Office, Washington, D.C. He is the brother of Jennifer Waldburg, who is a teacher at BCMS.
The other speaker was Staff Sgt. Russ Murray, who is part of the group from Fort Stewart that serves as tutors for BCMS students. Police Chief Mark Crowe rendered two selections, “American Soldier” and “God Bless the USA.”
The BCMS/BCHS High School bands performed “Armed Forces on Parade,” a piece that included songs for the Navy, Army, Marine Corps and Air Force.
The BCMS Chorus also performed two selections. Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students read original poetry, tributes and essays about their relatives and others in the military.
As a final tribute to all veterans, a slide show was presented showing pictures of relatives of staff, faculty and students who served, or presently serve, in the military. The master of ceremonies for the occasion was David Williams.