VERNON — For 50 years, there has been on constant in Vernon High School Athletics — Alvin and Annie Mae Brown.
The couple were honored Friday night at halftime during the Vernon varsity boys basketball game with a plaque and a reception, and dozens of friends and family members were on hand to take part in the festivities at the Coach Aaron Todd Gymnasium.
In honor of the couple, their two favorite seats were to be reserved and secured forever as part of the ceremony.
"From time to time, it is so very important to pause and pay tribute to those who have contributed to making the city of Vernon, Vernon area schools and its students what they are today," said Vernon High Principal Brian Riviere. "Tonight is one of those times."
Riviere said the ceremony was "to pay tribute to, and recognize, a couple that many of you grew up having them as a fixture in your lives"
"Many of you may hav received a ride to and from Red Head with, that many of you have been team mates with, and also, unfortunately, had to compete against their children and grandchildren," Riviere said. The Browns are a couple that many Vernon residents have sat next to and cheered on the Yellow Jackets with over the years.
"For over 50 years, this couple has been here in these stands, cheering for their children, their grandchildren, students and they are here cheering with you tonight," Riviere said.