Harrison students, staff remember vets while raising funds for honor flights

This still shot taken from video shows Sophie Hein playing Taps with a half dissolve into the Harrison Veterans Tribute Wall. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)
This still shot taken from video shows Sophie Hein playing Taps with a half dissolve into the Harrison Veterans Tribute Wall. (WLFI Photo/Jamie Long)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Harrison High School students and teachers are recognizing family and friends who served in the military this Veteran’s Day.

The Harrison Veterans Tribute Wall sits in the school’s front lobby.

For a $1 donation, people received a tribute card and wrote the name of a veteran who’s close to them. All donations go to fund local honor flights.

As school began Friday morning, Harrison senior Sophie Hein played Taps over the intercom followed by a moment of silence. Hein, who is attending West Point Academy next year, said playing Taps is very emotional.

“It’s a really powerful message. People don’t really realize sometimes how important the military is to our country,” Hein said. “Being able to play it on Veterans Day and other events is really special to me.”

Harrison senior Austin Buss, who is joining the U.S. Army, said he can’t wait to follow in the footsteps of those who came before him.

“I feel that sense of honor and duty to the country and to take those people who are on the front lines and give them their time off,” Buss said.

The Tribute Wall collected more than $900 for the honor flight program.