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County residents salute Veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Meredian Elementary third-grader Trevor Conley salutes the past and present during a Veterans Day celebration at the Clay County Courthouse Tuesday. Trevor is the son of Tamera Conley. [Order this photo]
Giving thanks.

That was the main theme Tuesday during the annual Veterans Day program, which took place at the Clay County Courthouse.

When he approached the podium to speak, V.F.W. Post 1127 Commander Les Walden didn't mince words.

138th Quartermaster Support Company Commander, Capt. Laura Pratt, addressed the crowd at the Clay County Courthouse Tuesday. [Order this photo]
He told the people in attendance of a anonymous letter he received while at work Monday, which described what a veteran is. He then asked all at the ceremony to thank veterans for their service.

Tuesday's event began with a rousing performance by the Jackson Township Community Band.

Following five marches, American Legion Post 2 Commander Nick White welcomed those in attendance. The presentation of colors -- performed by American Legion Post 2 and V.F.W. Post 1127 took place.

Meridian Elementary School Student Council Vice President Alexa Tillman then asked everyone to join students in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following a prayer given by American Legion Post 2 Chaplain James Young, keynote speaker, Capt. Laura Pratt, Commander of the 138th Quartermaster Support Company, addressed the crowd.

Pratt shared her point of view of what serving in the armed forces means, saying it was an "absolute love affair with our country."

Pratt also thanked all veterans, past and present, for their service and dedication.

She also explained to the crowd the 138th is scheduled for deployment soon.

"They truly have the heart of soldiers," she said.

Pratt said the unit would leave for training in a few days and have are scheduled to be deployed for logistic support overseas on Jan. 2, 2009.

Meridian Elementary School Student Council Vice President Alexa Tillman, a fourth-grader, asks all to join students in the Pledge of Allegiance Tuesday at the annual Veterans Day Ceremony as American Legion Post 2 Commander Nick White and 138th Quartermaster Support Company Commander Capt. Laura Pratt look on. Alexa is the daughter of Ann and Scott Tillman. [Order this photo]
She said a going-away celebration has been scheduled for Jan. 2, 2009, at North Clay Middle School, beginning at 11 a.m., and they could be back in time to celebrate the holidays next year as well as having an opportunity to be at home for the holidays this year.

"We're doing great," she said.

Both Walden and White then addressed the crowd following Pratt before V.F.W. Post 1127 Chaplain Walter Ter Meer gave the benediction.

"I think this is the biggest crowd we've had at a Veterans Day program," Walden said.

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Why do our kids go to school on Veteran's day?

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 2:40 PM

Sassy ~

I've always wondered the same thing ~ my two youngest were at the Courthouse today ~ & came home with lots of exciting observations & remarks ~ seems to me we used to get out of school for Veterans Day ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 5:02 PM

Personally, I think it's much better for children to be in school and actively learning about Veterans/Veteran's Day than out to observe the holiday without learning/knowing anything about it. It used to be a day off school for the kids. I remember the first year we attended school on Nov. 11th. The Veterans were enraged, and rightfully so. I'm pretty sure schools are required to have some kind of a program in honor of veterans; however, it is possible/likely some in our corporation do not.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 8:33 PM

Bigpappy ~ good point ~ in my family we discuss what Veterans Day means ~ but I can see in today's world where many parents would not necessarily find a need to discuss this observance with their children ~ my two daughters had so many wonderful comments about the courthouse observance today ~ both were so excited to be included in this celebration at the courthouse ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Nov 11, 2008, at 8:47 PM

That is a good point. We do talk alot about verterans at my house since I have many family members that have been called to duty.

I guess for some it is better to be in school and get to participate in activites.

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Nov 12, 2008, at 7:26 AM

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