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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
Mrs. Marilyn Willmert
Fourth-grade teacher at Emden Elementary
November 12, 2012]
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