Brady Middle School hosted its annual Veterans Day Recognition event in which seventh graders invited service men and women to share their experiences.
Among those Veterans was Orange Alum and Marine Corps Captain Brandon Kocher (far right) who returned to BMS for the first time in two decades. OHS Building Supervisor Deac DeCamp, who served in the US Navy from 1975 through 1995, was the keynote speaker and performed a beautiful rendition of both The Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. Each student introduced his/her Veteran, and each Veteran had the
opportunity to speak. Veterans from VFW Post 1863 were on hand to present the colors and the award-winning "Patriot's Pen" essay winners (pictured left): Jenna Adhami, Armon Sekhavat and McKenna Kirman.
Deac DeCamp (pictured, right) also spoke to students at Orange High
School via the public address system. OHS students had the opportunity to participate in the History Channel's "Thank a Vet" program, completing thank you cards for Veterans.
We are proud of all of our students and alums and gratefully salute the Veterans who have enabled us to savor freedom.
In honor of Veterans Day, we are proud to post this letter written by OHS Alum Craig Long (pictured above, second from the left), a Captain in the US Army, as he remembers his Alma Mater:
I have often thought back on my time at Orange High School. I think
less about how it prepared me for the military and more on the things
I enjoyed about it. My teachers and coaches were all fantastic people
who cared about providing us with an engaging education. Mr. McNulty,
Mr. Keller, Mr. Oberster (all coaches) and Coach DiGiovani all played
a big role in making Orange a great place for me. Some classes that
were particularly important were English (knowing how to communicate
intelligently is one of the most important parts of being in the
military) and Spanish class. If you take one thing away from school,
make it this: learn a foreign language. While it may seem difficult
at the time, trust me, it will pay off. I have been to over 35
countries and speaking just a little bit of the local language can go
a long way.
This Veteran's Day, all I ask is that you remember what it represents:
that there are men and women dedicating their lives to our country.
It is often difficult, and very few people serve these days. If
serving in the military is something you are interested in, then I
encourage you to do as much research as possible and understand that
it is more than just a job. I also recommend that you go to college
first, no matter how you want to serve. A college degree is always a
good thing. I hope you all have a great school year and remember,
your teachers are people too.
Captain, Civil Affairs
A Company, 81st Civil Affairs Battalion, Ft. Hood Texas.
Happy Veterans Day to all!