Clover High cadets, Interact Club thank local veterans

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comNovember 8, 2013 

— Clover High School’s ROTC cadets and other students thanked local veterans for their service Friday by honoring them during a Veteran’s Day ceremony.

About 160 veterans, students and others attended the one-hour ceremony of patriotic music and speakers at the school’s Applied Technology Center, followed by a lunch.

“Myself and many others will never know what it felt like to be out there fighting, but we are so glad you did,” said Claudia Chakamian, vice president of the Interact Club, which also sponsored the program.

Clover High student Heidi Benton introduced her father, U.S. Air Force Col. Will Benton, who served for 41 years and spoke about veterans’ sacrifice.

He said Veteran’s Day “isn’t just for old folks,” and that Americans of all ages should know that veterans “stood ready to give life itself on their behalf.”

Benton, who served as a pilot, said he remembers making flights over Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan and “the repeated heartbreak of leaving my wife and children many times.”

“We know that in serving our homeland, it means giving up watching over our own homes,” Benton said.

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