The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

November 8, 2012

Tanner students honor local veterans

By Kim West

— TANNER — In recognition of Monday’s Veteran’s Day holiday, student council members sponsored a veteran’s breakfast and assembly at the Tanner High School cafeteria and gymnasium early Thursday morning as more than a dozen veterans and their families attended the festivities.

The assembly’s featured guest speaker was Mike Durant, who retired after 22 years as a chief warrant officer in the U.S. Army. Durant, who survived the helicopter crash in Mogadishu, Somalia, made famous in the film and book, “Black Hawk Down,” has penned two military accounts, including “Nightstalkers” and “In the Company of Heroes.”