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Whitehouse High School band plays for WWII Memorial honorees

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They perform for crowds larger than this. But none more historic.

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 color. 

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.

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