Welcome home, Buck

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 08:58 AM.

The hug between father and son was sufficient to melt polar ice as the assembled students and teachers roared their approval.

Having composed himself, Watford promised the students his would be the shortest speech of the day.

“If nothing else, I appreciate all this,” Watford said. “I’m extremely honored, extremely grateful for all you have done. I walked in not knowing what was going on.

“I am very honored. I am proud to be back among you. I love this town.”

And for 45 minutes last week, it was clear that the town seconded those emotions.

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