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Palmyra Middle School will hold its annual “Our Veterans Day” assembly at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 in the school’s gymnasium.
Students traditionally and personally invite veterans who are recognized by name during the event which also includes patriotic music performed by the school’s ensembles as well as a guest speaker.
This year’s speaker is WT. Johnson, a retired Army vegteran from Palmyra.
Johnson is a 1967 graduate of Palmyra High School.
After high school he attended Northeast. Missouri State University in Kirksville for a year before being drafted in 1969 into the United States Army where he served for two years.
His duty stations were Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Fort Sill, Okla.,and Fort Hood, Texas.
After his tour in the Army he returned back to Missouri and enrolled at Culver-Stockton College where he graduated in 1973 with a bachelor of science in elementary education.
Following graduation, he moved to Newark, N.J. where he taught first grade.
After several years in Newark he moved to Atlanta, Ga. to live and go to school. While living in Atlanta he got a master’s degree in early childhood education.
He taught several years for the Atlanta Public School System, and was an education consultant for Georgia State University.
In 1988, he and his wife and three children moved to the Republic of Panama where he taught for the Deptartment of Defense Dependents School.
After more than 15 years there, he was assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as an elementary school principal.
In 2002 he returned back to Missouri where he taught and later became an assistant principal with the Hannibal Public Schools before retiring in 2014.
He stays busy as a storyteller, giving programs in the surrounding communities.
He and his wife, Cynthia, of 45 years are the parents of three grown children, Marc, Kimberly and Brandi.
Johnson also enjoys spending time with his six grandchildren, Alex, Nick, Adia, Kerri, Oliver and Aldin.
The Johnson’s and their dog, Coco, enjoy spending time working outside at their home outside of Palmyra.