THREE RIVERS, Texas — Students with Three Rivers High School's National Honor Society made it a point to keep up the tradition of celebrating their local heroes every Veterans Day.
The district hosted a COVID-19 friendly version of the event this morning. It was also streamed live on Facebook.
Hailie Council, a senior at Three Rivers High School, said she hopes her community doesn't just celebrate those who have served in the military on Nov. 11.
"I think it’s really important to understand the people that we see every day in our community and understand that they gave service to us and really appreciate that the sacrifices that they made," Council said. "Not only today, but every day that we see them maybe in the post office or the supermarket, kind of just remember in our minds that they served our country and that they are the reason that we are allowed to have the freedom that we have today."
Drum major Blake Fudge performed Taps during the celebration. Remembering his grandparents who died, he said it's a song that is close to his heart.
"It made me cry when I just play it -- when I practice," Fudge said. "It’s a real honor for me if I play it for the veterans who are still here today."
Fudge said he plans to continue playing Taps whenever he is needed, including for the Laying of the Wreaths ceremony next month.