Emden Elementary presents 7th annual Veterans Program Friday
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EMDEN -- The public is cordially
invited to attend the seventh annual Veterans Program at Emden
Elementary, sponsored by Mrs. Marilyn Willmert and her fourth-grade
students. The program will be on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Students in
kindergarten through sixth grade will share special music as the
school recognizes and thanks all veterans in attendance.
Everyone is invited to view the "Veterans Wall of Honor," which
lists names of active and inactive military members, living or
deceased, that have been submitted by students and the community.
Through donations to this project, the school has been able to
donate more than $1,000 to Danville Veterans Hospital and over $400
to Land of Lincoln Honor Flight over the years.
There will be
three speakers for the program this year.
Mr. John Dust, from Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, has some photos
and a DVD of the day trip, with a few humorous bits included to
share. The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight program provides
transportation and meals for a special all-day trip to Washington,
D.C., during which area veterans are able to visit the World War II,
Korean, Vietnam, Air Force and other memorials. Several members of
the community have taken this trip and are very animated as they
share what a wonderful experience it was for them.
David Last, the son of the Emden school's "Grandma Doris," graduated
from Hartem and enlisted in the Air Force in 1975 for four years.
Then he joined the Illinois National Guard, where he is still
active. He flew Huey helicopters and currently pilots Black Hawk
helicopters. He has served in Iraq and Kosovo. He is the state
safety officer for the Illinois National Guard and will wear his
flight suit as he shares with the audience at the program.
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The last speaker will be Carrie Nowatney, assistant
librarian in the school district, who will be sharing about her experiences while
in the military. She was a psychological operations specialist stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.
She was sent to Turkey
and also did duty in Stuttgart, Germany. She spent one year of her military
service in language school, learning Turkish.
The local Ladies' Auxiliary is accepting donations of crew socks
and personal-size soap and toothpaste for homeless veterans. These
items may be dropped off at the school anytime this week during
school hours, or they may be placed in the donation box that will be
available the day of the program.
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