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Leland Middle School Hosts Veterans Day Program

Gerald Decker
Shawn Black, Principal, Leland Middle School

Leland Middle hosted its annual Veterans Day Program to recognize those who serve our great nation. In addition to inviting area veterans and Leland VFW Post 12196, Principal Shawn Black invited Leland Police Lieutenant Jonathan Hall to be the guest speaker.

Lieutenant Jonathan Hall has been in law enforcement since 2005 and has served his entire career with the Town of Leland.  He holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training & Standards Commission, and is a certified general instructor. During his career, Hall has served as a field training officer, a K-9 handler, a SWAT team member, a Taser instructor, and a Patrol Sergeant.

Principal Black read a news article about his grandfather that was a moving tribute to a veteran who never made it home from WWII.

The program began with the Presentation of Colors by the North Brunswick High School JROTC Color Guard. Patriotic music was provided by the LMS Band and Choir.

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Gerald Decker, Founder, President
Gerald Decker is a 4-year Navy veteran with four tours to Vietnam between 1968-1971. Gerald earned a Master’s Degree from George Washington University. He worked for nine years as a U. S. Senate staffer after college and later as a Senior Manager for a small business lobby organization. Gerald also taught Political Science at the high school and college levels. He is a certified trainer in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Gerald founded Athens/Oconee Adult Baseball, Decker Diamonds, the Leland VFW Post 12196, and Teen Scene, Inc. In addition to his work with Teen Scene, Gerald is founder and Past Commander of the Leland VFW Post 12196. The Post was the Mayor's Choice of Citizen of the Year in 2020 and was ranked #5 in the nation for 2022-2023. Since 2020, Gerald has co-written two books. The first was about his good friend and WWII veteran Alex Moskowitz. The second was published by Teen Scene, Inc. in Oct. 2021, entitled "The Great Lockdown of 2020: An Anthology." Gerald is still married to his high school girlfriend (55 years) and has two children and three grandchildren. Following a 15-year hobby of playing catcher in a men’s adult fast-pitch baseball league, his hobbies now include heating pads, grandchildren, and genealogy. Teen Scene and VFW are not hobbies. They are passions.

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