Brigadier General Wayne Majors, a 1962 Kokomo High School graduate and Kokomo resident, was the featured speaker for the Veterans Day program Thursday (Nov. 10th) in the KHS auditorium. Gen. Majors is a retired one-star general who has served his country for 34 years.
Gen. Majors was joined on stage by the KHS choir and band as the Color Guard presented the colors, Karisma performed the National Anthem, One World, and God Bless the USA. The Wind Ensemble saluted the different branches of service while Taps was performed by KHS band students Jessica Zook, Bethie Marsh, and Danny Jackson.
Several local veterans attended the program along with all KHS 9thand 10thgraders.
During his 34 years of service, Gen. Majors spent three years as an enlisted soldier as a cook, gunsmith, and tank crewman. After attending Officer Candidate Schools, Gen. Majors was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1965. Gen. Majors served as an Infantry commander during the Vietnam War with the 3d Brigade, 82d Airborne Division that was attached for service to three different Army Divisions.
In addition to Vietnam, Gen. Majors served during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, and Gulf War I. His awards for valor and service include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Silver Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, Bronze Star, two Air Medals, Purple Heart, two Army Commendation Medals, Senior Parachutist Wings, and 28 other decorations and campaign medals.