Veteran Allen Clark to speak at GISD program

The keynote speaker this year's GISD Veterans Day program will be former Green Beret Allen Clark, who lost both of his legs in the Vietnam War. Clark is also a West Point graduate, and the author of three books: “Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior,” “Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage, and Sacrifice: 1963-1977,” and “Soldiers’ Blood and Bloodied Money.”

On Veterans Day on Monday, communities throughout the country will devote some time to reflecting on the sacrifices made by military veterans on their behalf.

Each year, more than a thousand students and many Greenville residents gather in the high school gymnasium for the Greenville Independent School District’s Veterans Day assembly.

This year’s program will again feature performances by the Greenville High School/Middle School bands, GISD choirs, Suzuki Strings program, the NJROTC Exhibition Drill Team, and a professional bagpiper.

The keynote speaker this year will be former Green Beret Allen Clark, who lost both of his legs in the Vietnam War. Clark is also a West Point graduate, and the author of three books: “Wounded Soldier, Healing Warrior,” “Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage, and Sacrifice: 1963-1977,” and “Soldiers’ Blood and Bloodied Money.”

Toward the end of the solemn-yet-appreciative event, veterans in attendance will be asked to gather in the middle of the gym. In recent years past, the local recognized veterans have included those who fought in World War II through Operation Enduring Freedom.

This year’s program, which will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, will be followed by a lunch for veterans and their families. The meal will be prepared and catered by Greenville High School’s culinary arts students.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.

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