Veterans Day assembly honors those who served country
By Brian Bowden

Gunnery Sgt. Larry Dunn and Lt. Clebe McClary shake hands. Photo by Brian Bowden.

The gymnasium at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School was packed for the annual Veterans Day assembly on Thursday afternoon.
The event featured the Thomson High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps color guard and drill team, the THS jazz band and multiple current and former military members. The keynote speaker was Lt. Clebe McClary.
McClary, a native of South Carolina, is an accomplished motivational speaker who has spoken in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries. He served in the Marines during the Vietnam conflict, where he engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy and suffered devastating injuries that included the loss of his left eye and arm. He has earned multiple awards for his courageous service including the Silver Star and Bronze Star. After two years in military hospitals and over 30 major surgeries, McClary spends his time touring the world and telling his inspiring story. He also has an autobiographical book, "Living Proof," and a documentary about himself, "Portrait of an American Hero."

To read more on this story, see the Sun., Nov. 10, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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