Pearl High School honors local veterans with an annual program

Historically, Veterans Day is the nation’s federal holiday observed annually on November 11, to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The United States Congress adopted a resolution on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue annual proclamations calling for the observance of November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act approved May 13, 1938, made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

In the same spirit, Pearl High School (PHS) will present its annual Veterans Day Program, Thursday, November 11, at 9:30 a.m., in the William H. Dodson Performing Arts Center, located at 500 Pirate Cove in Pearl. All local veterans are invited to attend and will be recognized during the program. A reception will be held in the PHS library following the program to further honor the veterans in attendance.

The thirty-minute program will include music performed by the PHS choir and band, a local veteran speaker, as well as a reception with cake and punch. The ceremony will include a calling out of the names of the attending veterans. The program will conclude with a song entitled “Salute to the Armed Forces.” This medley includes the Armed Services songs for each branch of the military, where the men and women in attendance who have served and/or are serving in the military will have an opportunity to stand and sing their military branch’s song.

As PHS Choral Director Angie Rawls explains, “We hope to not only honor these precious servicemen and women but also to enlighten the younger generation. They need to know and hopefully grasp the importance of what these veterans have done for them.”

For veterans and families interested in attending this year’s event, Rawls asks that they provide their name, rank, and branch of service in advance via email to

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