Cullman County Military Signees stand with Superintendent Shane Barnette, Roy Drinkard, and Matt Gentry. (Cody Kanaday for Cullman Daily).

The Cullman County Schools System held its second annual Military Signing Day. Last year more than a dozen students signed, and this year six students from the Cullman County Schools system made a huge step towards their futures by signing to serve in various military branches.

Dr. Shane Barnette opened the special ceremony, welcoming his special guest, Roy Drinkard. Dr. Barnette first led the attendees in prayer, saying, “I thank you for these individuals that are signing with our military today that are going on to protect this country and protect the freedoms that we all love. I thank you for our military and I thank you for our country. We love you, and we ask these things in your name. Amen.”

Roy Drinkard, the oldest living World War II Marine, was also present to see these young people commit their lives to the United States. He told the young national guardsmen, “You know what you are about to do, and you are about to put yourself in harms way. But you will do that for your country. I am with you and I will pray for you, and trust in God with all of your heart. Thank you.”

Signing into the United States Military was

  • US Army: Ryker Gonzales, Good Hope High School
  • US National Guard: Bailey Turrentine, Hanceville High School
  • US National Guard: Dalton Wood, Hanceville’ High School
  • US National Guard: Calvin Odom, Holly Pojd High School
  • US National Guard: Kailey Freeman, Vinemont High School
  • US Marines: Trae Griffin, Hanceville High School

The 2022 Military Signing was made possible by Desperation Church and the Cullman VFW.