By: Bradley Cole and Matthew Tuten
On November 11th, the United States honors its veterans who dedicated their lives to serving our nation. North Henderson is proud to have six veterans who served in the Armed Forces amongst its staff and would like to take time to recognize their commitment.
North teacher and basketball coach Justin Parris served in the United States Air Force for six years in the Civil Engineering Division based in Charleston, South Carolina. When asked why he joined, he answered: “I just felt like it was the thing to do after September 11th…a lot of my family went in before me, so I wanted to go in and do the same thing they did.”
AFJROTC Instructor Master Sergeant Douglas Draper served in the United States Air Force for 22 years in the Munitions Career Field and was stationed around the globe from the Middle East to Europe to the United States, etc. When asked why he joined, he answered: “I felt like I had and internal call to do something greater with myself and serve the country and things like that. I had two brothers in the service and I felt like it was something I should do.”
Science teacher Sam Wellborn spent a total of seven years in the Army and spent time in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Germany as a Military Intelligence Officer and Infantry Man. When asked we he joined, Wellborn said: “It seemed like a good experience and I didn’t want to wake up and wish I would of done it.”
Janitor Matthew York and AFJROTC Instructor James Grigsby are also veterans, but were not avavabile for a picture or questioning.
Guidance counselor David Presley spent three years in the Untied States Army as a bandsmen and was part of security detail and was also deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. When asked why se served, Presley said: “The reason why I joined The Army was to make ends meet and go back to graduate school.” The older I become, the prouder I am of being apart of that.”