WHTC honors veterans with luncheon

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 01:57 PM.

CHIPLEY — Washington Holmes Technical Center honored area veterans Friday with a Veterans Day luncheon at Patillo's on the WHTC campus in Chipley.

Numerous veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces were in attendance, many having served in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam,Panama and the Gulf wars.

Guest Speaker was Annette Lanham of Vernon, a Navy veteran who retired after 20 years of service. Lanham is the author of "Messages From The Sea," which talks about her time spent stationed on a ship.

"The Air Force recruiter had a sign up that said 'Back in five minutes,'" Lanham said. "So I went next door, and that was the Navy recruiter. Tthat was how I started my career — 'Back in five minutes.'" Besides being stationed on the O'Kane, Lanham was stationed in Hawaii, Okinawa and Spain as well as spending her first year of service in Florida.

"I'm from Panama City, and I spent my first year of duty in Florida at Orlando then Pensacola," she said. "So much for 'Join the Navy and see the world.'" While she was not happy about being in her home state, her mother was pleased, she said.

Lanham met her husband, Tim, while in the Navy and they spent their first married year stationed half the world away from each other. "Not the best way to start a marriage, but we made it," she said. "It's really hard to argue by snail mail."

Kathi Smith read a poem and explained the symbolism of the POW/MIA table, and WHTC Director Martha Compton made the welcoming remarks while Curtis Green provided the introductions.

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