Soldiers in Afghanistan touched by Cane Bay gesture

  • Friday, October 11, 2013

Students at Cane Bay High School met for a group prayer at the school flagpole on Sept. 25 as part of See You at the Pole.

See You at the Pole was started by a youth group in Burleson, Texas in 1990 and has since become an international event during the Global Week of Student Prayer.

CBHS Spanish teacher and FCA sponsor Ricky Reyes said there were 70-80 students and faculty who took part in the event.

“They prayed for their school, country, leaders and our military,” he said. “The students were excited to have the event and we were excited to have students who wanted to pray for their school and for their country.”

Principal Lee Westberry took a photograph of the event and sent it to a student that she became close with when she was an assistant principal at Stratford High School. Jason Horton, 31, is in the 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion (Airborne) stationed in Afghanistan. A graduate of Stratford in 2000, Horton has kept in-touch with Westberry and refers to him as her son or baby when pointing him out in pictures. Horton said the picture resonated with the troops.

“They were shocked when I showed it to them. It was warming and (the troops) faces were very happy and we wanted to give back how we could.”

The battalion sent back a picture of their own to the school to show their gratitude for the thoughts and prayers.

“When I saw it, it brought me a lot of joy,” said Reyes. “Thinking about our military and the many people who have lost loved ones, it’s something to pray for and to know that it touched somebody overseas meant a great deal to me and all the others who saw it.”

Horton said that receiving the picture was important to him and that it was a special reminder of the pulse coming from home.

“It was very, very heartfelt,” Horton said. “It is nice to see that people still have patriotism and that people are still supporting us.”

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