Josh Page, a 2004 Henry County High School graduate, was the speaker during the high school’s tribute to U.S. military service veterans on Friday.
Page enlisted in the Marines immediately after graduation and saw active duty service in Iraq in 2006. He returned to the U.S. in 2007 and is now a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer.
He spoke directly about the benefits of joining the military and urged students, packing the bleachers in the gymnasium, to “consider all branches of the U. S. armed services” and not “to limit your investigation to one favorite branch of the armed services.”
He also spoke briefly about the benefits of military service for their character and career.
Page spoke of his close relationship to HCHS classmate Billy Spencer, who was killed in Iraq while trying to drag his squad leader to safety after both were hit during a fire fight.
Spencer was awarded a Silver Star, posthumously, for his bravery.
Following Page’s talk, the HCHS Madrigals, directed by Blair Chadwick, sang during a projection of pictures and names of veterans related to current school students and staff.
Following this presentation, the names of all Henry County veterans was scrolled on the screen.
Earlier in the program, the colors were presented by the Henry County Sheriff’s Department color guard and the high school band played the national anthem.
Approximately two dozen veterans attended the event and were individually named and honored with applause.