Payson High School is deeply grateful to those in our community who selflessly serve our country and community in the armed services. And we recognize the sacrifice that this service also requires of their families and loved ones. On our school website, we maintain a list of all of the PHS graduates or faculty members who have served in the military. To date, this list has over 1,400 names, reaching back over one hundred years to World War 1. This list is kept as part of the PHS Hall of Fame, and you can access it here.
Today, we held a Veterans Day assembly. In it, we enjoyed performances by the school choir, pipe band, and string quintet. Student Danny Wheeler led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Ashlyn Durfee read a poem about veterans. Officer Travis Keel, our school resource officer who is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, was our keynote speaker. After the assembly, the students lined Main Street to cheer the Veterans Parade as they drove past. It was a memorable and moving event.
To all who have served and continue to serve, as well as to their families, we extend our most heartfelt and sincere gratitude. We are proud of you and hope that you can be proud of us. Your example teaches us the most important lessons.