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Veterans Day returns to Norton High

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

Like most everything else, the coronavirus pandemic killed Veterans Day in Norton.

Or it put it into suspended animation, anyway.

The two-decade-old tradition of celebrating area vets with breakfast and an assembly at the high school resumed Nov. 11.

Vets, escorted through the cold November rain by umbrella-bearing students, settled in the commons starting around 8 a.m. Student volunteers kept coffee cups full and served up student-cooked pancakes and sausage.

After breakfast, escorts took the vets to the auditorium. The time-honored student-made videos of Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” and Toby Keith’s “An American Soldier” were interspersed with tributes to three Medal of Honor recipients, two from World War II and one from Korea.

The school’s Symphonic Choir gave the vets “America the Beautiful” and a slide show paid tribute to Norton’s own veterans, followed by the reading of “Freedom is Not Free,” followed by taps.

The Norton High School Symphonic Choir delivers “America the Beautiful” to the gathered veterans.

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