Each year on or around November 11, schools throughout Humble ISD honor local veterans. The Humble High School Veterans Day Salute has commemorated military veterans for their service and sacrifice in a special way for the past 14 years. On display at the campus is a replication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which serves as a memorial to service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and remain unknown.
This student service-learning event is the collaborative effort of a variety of on-campus clubs, staff and community businesses. The Humble High School JROTC students begin the ceremony by placing the ceremonial wreath and playing “Taps,” followed by the National Anthem and pledges to the flags.
Retired Major Edward C. Johnson delivered the keynote speech. Zaykeese Riley, Humble High School senior recited his Voice of Democracy speech titled “American History, Our Hope for the Future.” In the speech Riley spoke directly to the veterans,
“I hope that after today you leave knowing there are young men and women who understand all that you do, and love you for your sacrifice. I hope to ensure that each and every veteran in this room knows that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed. I hope to ensure you that my generation has not forgotten you. You sacrificed your freedoms. You sacrificed your rights and you stood up when most would have remained seated, and for that I will always be grateful.”
The Humble High School Concert Choir closed out the ceremony with the “Where There Is Light in the Soul.”
Special tributes were presented to Humble High School students and faculty by Student Council Sponsor Stacey Hamlet on behalf of Congressman Ted Poe’s Office, and by Humble Councilman Alan Steagall on behalf of Humble Mayor Merle Aaron.
The Humble High School Key Club served breakfast to veterans. The breakfast was generously sponsored by Fall Creek Chick-Fil-A.