Honoring country: Emden elementary students and veterans in assembly hit the mark

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[November 10, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

EMDEN -- Combine veterans, parents, teachers and schoolchildren with patriotic music, tangible actions and expressions of appreciation, stories of service, and what do you get?

A great "love of country and community" being passed from generation to generation.

On Friday afternoon, Emden's retiring fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Marilyn Willmert, brought kindergarten through sixth-grade students and veterans together for a stirring afternoon of admiration and appreciation. The public was invited as well.

This was the seventh veteran recognition event hosted by Mrs. Willmert and her fourth-grade class.

The program included the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem, students singing "Proud to Be an American" and other songs, special speakers, veteran recognitions, presentation of a "Wall of Honor," and check presentations. 

Pictures by Karen Hargis

Mrs. Willmert, Mr. and Mrs. C. Wayne Schrader, and the district principal, Mr.
Wisniewski, stand in front of the "Wall of Honor."

Color guard gets ready to enter the gym.


To begin the program, young and old alike stand and pledge allegiance to the flag.

Mrs. Nowatney, assistant librarian in the school district, was a psychological
operations specialist in the Army and spent time in language school learning
Turkish. She spoke and led the children in a fun Army song.


David Last, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and son of Emden school's "Grandma
Doris," served in the Air Force and now is the safety officer for the Illinois National Guard. He spoke about his time in Iraq.

Wayne Schrader accepts a check from the school on behalf of the Danville
Veterans Hospital.




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