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November 13, 2012

Noble honors veterans during assembly

NORMAN — With flair and fanfare, the Noble High School Band opened the school’s 2012 Veterans Day assembly under the direction of Fred Queen. Patriotic music soared in the gymnasium filled with veterans, their families and guests, faculty, staff and students.

A multimedia presentation celebrating the armed forces ended with Radney Foster’s rendition of “Angel Flight,” in which the lyrics depict the sentiments of those who fly veterans who have given it all for their country home to their final resting places.

First Lt. Tanner Summers, USAF, addressed the crowd to honor those who “dedicated unselfish service” and willingness to pay the price of freedom with blood.

“Freedom is not free,” Summers said. “We are all beneficiaries of those sacrifices.”

Summers thanked veterans for their service and their simple love of America. Quoting Elmer Davis, he said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

Summers said Taylor Morris, a 23-year-old Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, was one example of bravery. Morris, while in the line of duty in Afghanistan in April, lost all four limbs when he stepped on an IED.

Summers recounted that Morris remained conscious throughout the ordeal and asked medics to refrain from helping him so they would not be injured as well. Taylor, who earned a Bronze Star, was brought home to Walter Reed Hospital in May and is now learning to walk and dance using prosthetics.

In closing, Summers quoted Chief Tecumseh, who said, “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.”

Two students read the names of veterans assembled at the school, including some of their own teachers. Veterans with tours of duty ranging from two years to 30 years served from the 1940s to the present.

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