Wilcox County High School proudly honored veterans on Friday by hosting the annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Veterans and their families were invited to attend the ceremony, which included the presentation of military branch flags and music, a performance by the WCHS Chorus, and a special guest speaker.
Lieutenant Colonel Terry Troutman, a 1989 honor graduate of WCHS, spoke to the veterans and students in attendance. Since joining the Air Force, he has participated in many hours of flight time in and outside of combat. Lt. Col. Troutman talked to the students about failure, success, and how failure is necessary often before success can happen. He read Michael Jordan’s famous quote about failing and succeeding, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” Lt. Col. Troutman told the students that they should not fear failure when reaching for their dreams because we grow and become better by learning from our failures and trying harder toward our goals.
After Lt. Col. Troutman finished addressing the attendees, a special ceremony was held to honor and remember all of the Prisoner of War (POW) and Missing in Action (MIA) soldiers.
Thank you to all of the veterans that were able to take part in this year’s program at WCHS, and thank you to Lieutenant Colonel Troutman for his words of encouragement. Thank you all for your service to our great country.