The annual Veterans’ Day Program is ready to go said the man in charge of the celebration of America’s veterans, Harold Sloan. Sloan, the instrumental and vocal music instructor at Tucumcari High School, said the 2004 edition of the program promises to be one of the best that he has ever been involved with.
“It should be a very good show,” said Sloan. “The young people are working very hard on it and everyone is really pulling together to produce a good program.” Sloan said over 30 people will be involved in the patriotic production to be held on Nov. 11 at the Tucumcari High School Auditorium ranging from students at the high school to the Superintendent of Tucumcari Schools. “The whole idea,” said Sloan, “is to honor all the men and women who have served, or who are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.”
Sloan said the event which is sponsored by the high school band, choir and FFA promises a bit of everything to the community. He said there would be band numbers such as marches like the Stars and Stripes Forever and the Washington Post March, patriotic pieces like a special medley called Armed Forces on Parade. The music director said The Tucumcari High School Choir will also perform and are scheduled to sing such songs as America, Of Thee I Sing!, Simple Song of Love and the Stars and Stripes.
The high school Concert Choir will be singing Our Gift for You, United We Stand and May God Smile on You.
Community member Corinne Lauriault will also be singing in the program. She will be singing Amazing Grace.
In addition to speakers like School Superintendent William Reents and the Rev. Leonard Lauriault, the event will have as its keynote speaker San Jon World War II C.L. Bowe.
Reents on his part said he feels honored to take part in the annual festivities of the program and is looking forward to taking part.