POMARIA — The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands program participants at Pomaria-Garmany Elementary paid tribute to those who have served in the military during a special presentation on Wednesday.
Latasha Rutherford, Pomaria-Garmany BGA campus director, along with program director LeAnna Cockell and Linda Davidson, program specialist, spent time with the participants who showcased their talent with patriotism.
The students sang “God Bless America” and “My Country Tis of Thee” and also held a moment of silence in memory or in honor of servicemen and servicewomen.
The father of one student in the crowd, Ashtyn Perry, was deployed this year.
Wayne Perry serves in the active National Guard for the Saluda unit. She said it does make her sad that he’s not there with her family but, “I just have to keep reminding myself that he’s serving our country.”
Alexis Glymph invited her uncle, James Lyles to the program. He briefly explained to everyone what he did.
Lyles is a retired from the U.S. Army and Navy and he served from 1964-1969. He was a hospital corpsman and had two tours of the Vietnam War, explains.
Mickell Jones’s father, Tom Jones, also came to hear what his son had to say in honor of his service.
Jones served in the Navy on the USS Eisenhower and served between 1984-1989. He also said he served in Desert Shield.
Jeremy Holloway paid tribute to his father, John Holloway, who retired from the Army after serving from 1982 to 2006. Holloway is proud of his son for the honor he received.
The Pomaria-Garmany site has 34 children involved in the Boys and Girls Club after-school program. Rutherford said the children worked hard and wanted to salute those who have served.