Rockdale County High School presented their salute to veterans, "Honor and Valor" on Nov. 4. The event featured four members of the Tuskegee Airmen, along with show-stopping performances by the Belle Voix Choir, the Sign Language Club, the RCHS Wind Ensemble, and the RCHS Show Choir.
"The doors that they cracked open for us made it possible to have careers in aviation and the military," said Airman Brian Settles, of the original Tuskegee Airmen.
1. A JROTC member lights candles by a memorial displaying the flags of all five branches of the military in the corner of the theater before the assembly.
2. Event organizer Dr. Martha Fernicola, right, and Principal Georgi Brown present a plaque of appreciation to Samuel A. Jones, who spoke about the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen.
3. Veterans on the RCHS faculty and staff were also recognized.
4. Freshman Shawn Duke listens to a few words from Tuskegee Airman Val Archer. "I'm glad we're able to share a conversation with them," said Archer of the younger generation. "I know how desperately they need encouragement... This legacy is a gift to them."