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Ebenezer Middle School celebrates Veterans Day
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Chief Warrant Officer Timothy Denton, left, and Lt. Col. Patrick McCorkhill stand as military veterans are recognized. - photo by Photo by Paul Floeckher

Ebenezer Middle School saluted military service members with its annual Veterans Day program.

The program honored the veterans in attendance, including several who work at the school or are family of EMS faculty and staff members. Also recognized were EMS students whose parents have been or are currently deployed.

The Ebenezer Middle School chorus and Eagle Winds band performed several patriotic songs.

The four student essay winners — sixth-graders Mayola Lee and Trip Vorel, and eighth-graders Bryan Harrelson and Katie Marchese — each read their compositions on the significance of Veterans Day.

The guest speaker was Lt. Col. Patrick McCorkhill. Along with being a sixth-grade science teacher at EMS, McCorkhill is a 27-year military veteran who served deployments overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"I know some of you will be veterans one day," McCorkhill told the assembled students. "I know our country is in great hands as I look out at you."

Approximately 150 students participated in the program, according to organizer Julie Denton.