Holmes County High School honors local veterans

Holmes County High School Veterans' Day 2013

Holmes County High School honored Cynthia Brooks, teacher and JROTC instructor for Holmes County High School, by presenting her a plaque for being guest speaker at this year’s Veterans’ Day Presentation held Monday morning at the Holmes County High School gymnasium.

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM.

BONIFAY — Hundreds of students from both Bonifay Middle School and Holmes County High School gathered together as Holmes County High School hosted a Veterans’ Day Presentation on Monday, honoring local veterans and teaching students the importance of honoring veterans.

“On Veterans’ Day, America pauses to honor every service member who has ever worn one of our nation’s uniforms,” said Lieutenant Colonel Sean Leeman. “Each time our country has come under attack they have risen to her defense. Each time our freedoms have come under assault they have responded with resolve.”

Leeman introduced their guest speaker Cynthia Brooks by first giving a brief history of who she is.

She was born in DeFuniak Springs; her father, Edward C. Nall was a World War II veteran; she graduated from Okaloosa Walton Junior College and the University of West Florida with a bachelor of science in medical technology; worked at Doctors Memorial Hospital where she met her husband Dr. Herbert Brooks; she is past president and District 2 Director of Bonifay Woman’s Club; she is a member of FSU Garnet Key Honor Society; she graduated Cum Laude FSU with a masters degree in science education; she has been teaching science at Holmes County High School since 1989; she’s been married to Dr. Herbert Brooks for almost 35 years; they have a daughter, Erin Brooks Lauen who lives in Kennesaw, Ga. with her husband David Lauen, Jr. and their three children Tucker, Arena and Sadie; she has been a BETA sponsor at Holmes County High School for 25 years and is an honorary Holmes County High School JROTC Captain.

“’The people of hope are those who believe that God created them for a purpose and that he will provide for their needs as they seek to fulfill His purpose in their lives,’ is a quote from Pope John Paul II,” said Cynthia Brooks. “As we honor these veterans today for their service to our country we must ask ourselves what we have done or what are we going to do with the freedoms these men and women have sacrificed to give us. I would like to tell you the story of one veteran that I know very well; he saw the sacrifice all around him and understood the gift of freedom he was given and was able to follow his dreams because of the sacrifice of the veterans that came before him.”

She was speaking of her husband Dr. Herbert Brooks, who was born in Washington D.C. on Dec. 3, “fifty miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line.”

“He was the second of three sons born to Donald and Doris Coldrey Brooks and he is the great-great grandson of Theodore Brooks, M.D., a surgeon in the Union Army from Piqua, Oh.,” she said. “His great-great uncle was an Episcopal pastor and later presided over the funeral of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. His grandfather, Herbert B. Brooks, worked with Thomas Edison as one of the original Edison Pioneers and his father, Donald, was Director of Fuel and Lubricant Research for the U.S. Department of Defense during World War II.”

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