Local schools salute soldiers on Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Troy Lowe, left, receives a U.S. Flag folded by Jordan Brant and Tori Cole, and presented by Brant. After graduating from Cassville and attending Crowder College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lowe, a Barry County native from the Oak Ridge community, served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years, from 1973-2003. Lowe rose to the rank of a Chief Master Sergeant, a rank only 1 percent of Airmen achieve. He served in South Vietnam, where his base often received mortar attacks. He was one of the last groups to leave South Vietnam because he was assigned to transfer airplanes from the United States to the South Vietnamese Air Force. During this time, he could not communicate with his family or anyone outside his work assignment. He also served as a flight chief on a secret mission assigned aircraft at Andrews Air Force Base just outside Washington, D.C. He was the Command Chief Master Sergeant when men from the 33rd Fighter Wing from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida were killed in the Kohbar Towers terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. One of the most challenging tasks in his career was to care for and support the families of those who had lost limb and life in that attack. Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com

Local schools held their annual Veterans Day assemblies Wednesday, paying tribute to a number of local veterans. More photos from assemblies at Cassville, Southwest, Exeter and Wheaton may be found at http://www.cassville-democrat.com/gallery/25663.

Exeter student Jared Alverson closes out the Veterans Day assembly at the school by playing "Taps." Kyle Troutman/editor@cassville-democrat.com
Directed by Mary Ellen Conrad, right, students in fourth through sixth grades at Southwest schools sing "Military Medley," which incorporates the songs for each branch of the military. Kyle Troutman/edior@cassville-democrat.com
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