Saluting LWCHS Veterans

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Ms. Johnson and her Student Government (SGA) class made this a  very special day for our staff on campus who served  in the military.

They walk amongst us.
We all have backstories, lives lived whose winding paths finally brought us to Lake Worth Community High School.

Lt. Col Hughes, CMSgt. Townsend, SMSgt. Elkins, Dr. Epps, Mr. Evans, Mr. Federer, Mr. Weatherspoon, Ms. Lawrence Pettigrew, MSgt. Gluck, Coach Boisrond, and Officer McCoy made the great sacrifice to take a pause in their life’s occupation to serve in a branch of the United States military.

Ms. Johnson and her Student Government students wanted to make this Veterans Day a very memorable one for these ladies and gentlemen. Thank-you cards were made and delivered across the campus.

A locally owned ice cream shop, The Ice Cream Affair, kindly donated a $20 gift card to each of our veterans. Owner Sebastian Yeend, a Marine veteran, believes, “It’s really important to remember our veterans for their contributions that kept America free. We can never do enough to thank them for their sacrifice.” He added, “It’s very important to support our schools. I am a proud veteran who is equally proud to support the schools of Palm Beach County.

SGA student Gabriella L. believes that is so very important to support our veterans.

“These men and women fought for our country so that we can remain free. Ms. Johnson and all of us in SGA felt good about doing this for our school veterans.”

A photograph of Dr. Elvis Epps when he was serving in the U.S. NavyDr. Epps (pictured on the left) served in the U.S. Navy for 12 years on board the USS Hayler DD-997. “I have traveled the globe to Cuba, Oman, Panama, Japan, Spain, Hawaii, many countries. I also served in the Persian Gulf. After I left my ship my next assignment brought me to Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Florida. I met the bravest and most trustworthy men and women during my service. I was honored to serve. Go Navy!”

Mr. Federer also served in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Coral Sea where the ship was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Chief Townsend served for 30 years in the U.S. Air Force. SMSgt. Elkins served for 27 years in the Air Force where he was a Medical Laboratory Technician. He was deployed during Iraqi Freedom. His other duty locations included Japan, Florida, Texas, Alabama and South Korea.

Lt. Col. Hughes served on Air Force bases around the world. Among the many were Vandenberg Air Force Base in California; Sembach Air Base in Germany, Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates; Anderson Air Force Base in Guam; and, Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He was deployed in Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations.

“I am proud of our Lake Worth Cadets who supported three Veteran Day ceremonies around the area,” Lt. Col. Hughes added.

From a grateful school community and country - Thank you for your service!

One kind act deserves another - Let’s support our locally owned ice cream shop, The Ice Cream Affair, that donated gift cards to the military veterans of LWCHS.

A graphic illustration of the Ice Cream Affair business.