America’s service men and women and their families make sacrifices so all of us can live in freedom. Honoring veterans is a responsibility one woman in Marshall County takes very seriously.
Becky Walker, affectionately known as BWOK, is a chorus teacher at Douglas High School. Walker puts on a massive Veterans Day program each year. Douglas High School Principal Scott Bonds and WHNT News 19 interrupted her class with a surprise - $319 to help fund the huge undertaking.
“You just don't know how much this helps,” says Walker. “Thank you so much."
Becky Walker is thankful for the money, and someone else is thankful for her. Below is a portion of the Pay it Forward email nomination from Stephen and Nancy Connolly that was read to Walker after she received the cash:
“For the past 21 years, including this year, she has put together and directed a wonderful Veterans Day program at Douglas High School. All of this is made possible by fundraisers by Mrs. Walker and her students, as well as donations from the community. I am sure there are some out of pocket expenses make by her also. The bottom line is none of the expenses are borne by the school or the educational system. The next important thing to us is Mrs. Walker's love and dedication to our community's veterans. It is unwavering love, respect, and dedication to never let her students and community forget the freedoms we enjoy because of the sacrifices of our veterans and first responders. We feel Mrs. Becky Walker is very deserving of "Pay It Forward" and that the money would be put to good use in financing the Douglas High School Veterans Day Program.”
Hearing the kind words moved Becky Walker to tears.
“Holy moly!” shouts Walker. “That's one of our veterans."
More than 500 veterans attend the annual program, which Walker says costs around $10,000 to put on. They are treated to breakfast and lunch. Plus, 250 students join together in singing patriotic songs. Walker says she's always had a passion for patriotism.
“I just think we don’t ever need to let it be taken for granted the privileges that we have to live in this country and the opportunities that we have," says Walker.