A man known for his devotion to high school students in Pittsylvania County has been honored with Henry County’s top award for veterans.
Lt. Col. David King, the JROTC instructor at Tunstall High School, has won the 2020 Outstanding Military Veteran Award for Henry County and Martinsville.
Each year the Henry County Board of Supervisors and the city of Martinsville present the award to an area resident in a ceremony on Veterans Day, but gathering limits and threats of spread for COVID-19 disrupted those plans this year.
Instead, the Board of Supervisors made the presentation for this year at the beginning of the second session of their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
King began his military training at the Virginia Military Institute and later joined the U.S. Army. In addition to Tunstall he has led the JROTC programs at Bassett High School in Henry County and Patrick County High School.
“His unwavering love for other veterans compliments his devotion to his country and community,” Henry County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Debra Buchanan said. “He often goes out of the way to help them.”
For many years King made it a practice to drive other local veterans to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford and has made many tribute shadow boxes to honor veterans and their survivors.