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BIC honors veterans, inducts 97-year-old into hall of fame

MONETTE, AR (KAIT) -

Buffalo Island Central High School spent Monday morning honoring veterans.

The Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) class organized the program beginning with the presentation of colors from the Monette American Legion Post 136.

Leo Perez sang a beautiful rendition of “God bless the USA” and every branch of military was honored.

The main event included inducting the first member into the Buffalo Island Veterans Hall of Fame.

The students interviewed 97-year-old veteran James Butler.

High school senior Olevia Hughes said it was an honor to interview him and learn from him.

“One of the things we asked him was what kind of car he drove and he said shoe leather,” Hughes said. “We walked everywhere. So it's really cool to hear a bunch of his stories. He was born in 1918, so it's really cool to see how things have changed.”

Fellow senior Julie Thompson said they were pleased with the turn out.

“We wanted to have this program today to thank our veterans and show our respect for them,” Thompson said. “We realize that there are more veterans within our community than we realized before.”

Students and guests also heard from veteran and Arkansas Representative Dave Wallace.

The program concluded with the retirement of the colors and presenting gift bags to all veterans in attendance. 

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