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November 11th, 2008
Local schools honor Veterans' Day

Travis Elementary School pulled out all the stops with a Veterans’ Day Patriotic Parade & Tribute on November 11. The parade began at 9 am, led by the San Marcos High School Drumline and Principal Niki Konecki. The officers of the SMHS Diamond Line performed a dance to the Star Bangled Banner, and each grade stood and sung patriotic songs. Veterans in attendance were saluted, and “Taps” was played at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Miller Junior High also celebrated both Veterans’ Day and their school namesake — Dorie Miller– with a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force. As the World War II air plane engines rumbled, Miller 7th grade students cheered and clapped from the stands while the 8th grade students waved red and white paper. The Miller Band played, and student Abby Bowers sang the national anthem. The San Marcos High School Diamond Line Dance Team held a giant American flag for the benefit of the veterans flying the airplanes.

Doris (Dorie) Miller was a Central Texas school boy who grew up to serve in the US Navy. He was serving on the USS West Virginia as the ship’s cook when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Miller is credited with carrying injured fellow sailors to safety, aiding the mortally wounded Captain of the ship, and manning a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition. Though untrained on the gun Miller down one airplane. He was awarded the Navy Cross. Miller died in 1944 in a Pacific battle, and was entitled to the Purple Heart Medal, and many more. Miller Junior High is named to honor the memory of a brave sailor: Dorie Miller.

by Iris Campbell
San Marcos CISD

Travis Elementary students march for Veterans’ Day

Jesse Avila reflects while Taps is played

Cub Scout Troop 114 Color Guard

Mess Attendant First Class Doris Miller. Recipient of the Navy Cross and namesake of Miller Junior High School.

Flyover by Commemorative Air Force

(Miller Junior High photos by Jessica Kennedy)

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