They perform for crowds larger than this. But none more
Nearly 300 strong, the Whitehouse High School band knew
playing at this venue would be something to remember.
But when dozens of the WWII Memorial's honorees made an
unexpected appearance, the posture became a little straighter. The gravity of
history a little heavier.
Veteran Larry Knight of Washington, Illinois loved the
effort of our East Texas young people--as well as their song list.
Larry, like most WWII veterans was eager see the memorial
dedicated 9 years ago. And counts himself among the fortunate.
The kids were told there was a chance some of the Greatest
Generation would show up. Given that chance, graduating senior Whitney Senn
prepared handwritten cards and letters. One of them landed in the appreciative
hands of Larry Knight.
Just about every student seized the chance to come face to
face with these historic heroes. History classes prepped them. But the most
memorable chapters for these students were written here today in living
His 300 students know him as a patriotic man...evidenced in director Denny Whitley's vow to take each of his students to DC once during
their high school band career. Seeing it work out the way it did today--well, he was
happy to have the drum majors as backup.