In 1982 a small group of American Legion members decided it would be a good thing to work with Mineral Wells ISD in a shared adventure to help young people understand more what being a veteran means along with being a good citizen.
These men met with the superintendent to discuss this mission. And from this meeting came the idea of having not only a program for the young people in school but for all citizens in the area.
On Thursday, November 11, 1982, buses carried most of the children of the district to Miller Stadium. Young people sat on the wooden bleachers or performed their first songs to recognize Veterans Day. Teachers helped get the children ready by talking to them about what Veterans Day of Remembrance was about but it was the actual sitting at the stadium that most recall.
Some of those first young people have now had children and grandchildren perform in the annual program at the stadium. Over the years, the per formers and speakers have changed. Even the stadium has changed to beautiful new Ram Stadium located on Ram Boulevard near the high school. And all students are able to attend the program.
Yet the same mission and the same spirit reigns as the Veterans Day of Remembrance Committee completes the plans for this year’s program.
This year’s program is set for Monday, November 11, starting at 10:30 a.m. with music to help get everyone seated before the official cannon shot that marks the opening of the ceremony at 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend this program.
Visitors should park in the east parking lot and enter on the east side for viewing the program. There will be greeters to help find where the seats will be located. Veterans and their families are especially invited to attend this outstanding program. Neighboring schools are also invited to attend. They may contact Karyn Bullock at Mineral Wells ISD for details.
There are some seating changes this year. Guests will be seated in the reserved seating sections of Ram Stadium (the red seats). Mineral Wells ISD students will all be seated on the west (home) side of the stadium in the bleachers on the north and south ends. The Ram Band and performers will be seated across the stadium in the visitor’s section.
Also special guests and dignitaries will be seated near midfield facing the home side of the stands, and the speaker’s podium will be located there as well.
There will be some of the traditional performances this year but there will also be new ones. The Tarleton Corps of Cadets will do honor guard duty. Houston Elementary will bring back its parachute team and performance.
Guest speaker is former Navy Seal Gregory (Greg) Buchheit, who is founding president and CEO of Viking Principle, a leadership and organizational development advisory firm which specializes in enhancing the performance of individual executives, teams and organizations.
Buchheit has served honorably in the U.S. Navy. He has over 15 years of high-performance leadership experience and served five years onboard SEAL Team 6, an organization composed of the world’s most elite and exceptional leaders.
After leaving the military in 2012, Greg returned to business only to learn that the leadership principles he learned in Naval Special Operations could transform organizations of any kind. He then formed his company, Viking Principle.
In the years since, Buchheit has helped organizations of all sizes. As a facilitator, trainer and speaker, clients in past sessions have described Greg’s style as inspiring. He has also found time to help with the Gary Sinise Foundation and Snowball Express as a mentor to young adults of fallen service members.
Buchheit will share with us his personal story and some of the things he has learned over the years from his special training. Join the community, Mineral Wells ISD and the local American Legion Family of organizations which includes American Legion Post 75, Sons of the Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and the Legion Riders as they carry on the tradition of co-hosting this outstanding program.