Walls, who was a staff sergeant himself, said he picked the Army -- he did not wait to be drafted. Walls spoke to the Highland High School students during the Veterans Day assembly and also to the crowd who attended the Veterans Day Memorial later that morning at Ash Flat.
Walls told both crowds, "Always remember, freedom is not free. Someone gave their son, brother, mother or father for us to be free." Walls asked the crowd, "How many young men and women had to be raised without their father because they were killed in the war?"
Walls went on to say that we, Americans, could be Japanese if it had not been for the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. He also stressed to the younger crowd at the high school that we could be a communist nation and not be able to express our beliefs and opinions.
State Rep. David Cook attended and spoke at both ceremonies. State Rep. Curren Everett spoke during the service at the memorial. Both representatives helped serve a barbecue lunch for those who attended the memorial.
At both events, the Color Guard presented the flags. Highland High School Chorus sang the National Anthem at the assembly and Denise Gibbons performed the anthem at the memorial.
"Taps" was performed at the assembly by the Highland High School Band and at the memorial by Marion Moore, adjutant American Legion Post 346. Dick Sackett, commander of American Legion Post 346, spoke at both events.
The Veterans Day activities were a collaboration of many different organizations who pulled together to make these events happen in Sharp County. The Veterans Day ceremonies were courtesy of the American Legion Post 346, VFW Post 4772, DAV 55, the Purple Heart Association and Sharp County Veterans Memorial Committee.