Thomas plans to honor veterans Oct. 17
Colin Thomas and several other Baldwin High School students are honoring veterans at the Oct. 17 football game as a way to make up for last year’s Veteran’s Day fiasco at BHS.
“Last year we had a Veteran’s Day program on Veteran’s Day that didn’t turn out to be a good experience,” said Thomas, a sophomore. “I felt terrible that they were disrespectful like that. I really wanted to do something for the veterans.
“They’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” he said. “I feel that my generation really takes them for granted.”
Last year’s Veteran’s Day disaster occurred at BHS when an Army recruiter who had been brought in for the program hit the wrong icon on his computer. Instead of the pro-Veteran’s Day slide show he’d planned, the students were subjected to foul language and graphic scenes intended for viewing by Army personnel.
The presentation caused an uproar and apologies from the Army and school district officials. The school district also vowed to review presentations ahead of time.
But Thomas wanted to do something more and came up with the “BHS for Vets Celebration” at halftime of the BHS game against Santa Fe Trail. Serving with him on the planning committee are junior Lauren Barnes and sophomores Carson Barnes and Michaela Krysztof.
All area veterans are encouraged to attend and will get free admission to the 7 p.m. game. They’ll be honored at halftime and there are other plans.
“We’d be honored to have all the veterans in the area attend,” said Thomas.
A color guard will present the colors prior to the national anthem and the BHS band has a patriotic halftime program planned. A flag that Sen. Pat Roberts had flown over the U.S. Capitol will also be presented.