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A reminder of some the personal sacrifices our soldiers and their families make

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To the editor:

I want to thank you for the wonderful coverage you provided for the Emden Elementary School Veterans Program.

Besides providing a way for me to tell my students about the cost paid by so many Americans for our freedoms, these programs have been a personal way for me to honor and thank my father-in-law, Weldon "Pete" Willmert, a World War II veteran from Lincoln, and my nephew, Steven Pearson, a master gunnery sergeant in the Marines.

Steve has had numerous tours overseas -- to Korea, Okinawa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan -- missing out on holidays, birthdays, graduations and many everyday happenings with his three beautiful daughters. His wife maybe realized what she was in for from the beginning, when they had to postpone their wedding due to his deployment.

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So besides honoring and thanking the special veterans in my life and in our community, I would also like to thank their families for the sacrifices that they have made. You, too, have paid a price, and I am grateful to you as well as to our veterans. Your strength, willingness to sacrifice and love for our country are examples of the patriotism I have hoped to pass on to my students through these Veterans Programs.


Mrs. Marilyn Willmert
Fourth-grade teacher at Emden Elementary

[Posted November 12, 2012]

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