Local school district honors students who sign to protect and serve

CULLMAN, Ala. (WBRC) – Student-athlete dedication days are filled with celebrations, smiles and proud loved ones. The Cullman County School District now hopes to give those who sign to serve our country a similar honor.

Six different students inside the district pledged to protect our country and our freedoms on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

This is the second annual military day for the Cullman County School District, and the district thinks it’s a great way to honor students. The six students enlisted in three different branches, and the superintendent points out that this further highlights their character.

“We want to honor our young people who enlist and join the military. We want to recognize and celebrate them,” said Cullman County School District Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette. “In Cullman County we have a lot of phenomenal students and this is just a testament to that.”

A student who signed up said the chaos in Ukraine had not deterred him at all and that he wanted to serve and make a difference.

“When I was younger thinking about the military, there were adults fighting in Afghanistan just so I could sleep there. I want to repay them and do my country a favor,” said Holly Pond High School senior and Army National Guard signer Calvin Odom.

Perhaps the oldest living Navy veteran, 101-year-old Roy Drinkard, attended the signing ceremony to wish the signers well. He says he will pray for them and that their country is grateful for their sacrifice.

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