In Honor....



In Honor...

This page is dedicated to the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the United States Armed Forces. 

Please take a few moments to recognize each of these individuals for their sacrifices.

Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to stand up for our country, its flag, and all that it stands for.

Thank you service members and veterans.  We appreciate all you've done and all you continue to do.

-James A. Shanks Class of 1999

{Members of our graduating class who took the oath and joined the service are honored below.  If you know of someone who should be added to this page, please add their information to the forum entitled, "In Honor...".}


U.S. Army
Est. June 14, 1775 

 ~Tangela Bouie

~Nicholas Goldwire

~Charles Green

~Cordelia Hollis Frazier

~Reuben Kelly

~Ed Turner


U.S. Navy
Est. October 13, 1775

~Carolyn Ford Burac

~Yolanda Sailor

~Antuan Belvis

~Denorice Allman

~Kataris Thomas

~Roderick Fryson

U.S. Marine Corps
 Est. November 10, 1775



U.S. Air Force
Est. September 18, 1947

~Charles Gee

All gave some, Some gave all.
Two iconic photographs taken decades apart, yet so hauntingly similar.


 The Final Inspection  

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and
said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod,
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

In remembrance of the men and women who served before us, died for us and are still missing, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.  


I Saw An Eagle Cry




Today I saw an eagle,
With a teardrop in his eye.


It literally took by breath away
To see an eagle cry.


I asked him, What's the matter?
And he told me what he saw.


A cowardly attack was made,
On the towers that once stood tall.


He said everything he stood for,
Had taken a shocking blow.


So he had to take a moment,
To let his own emotions show.


Then he proudly told me,
That our Nation would survive.


That our Liberty and Freedom,
He'd be sure to keep alive.


He said for us not to be afraid,
To stand together, not apart.


For a terrorist has succeeded,
If he puts fear within our hearts.


-Author Unknown



Flame to burn for eternity in remembrence: 


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