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RECORD FAMILY INDEX PAGE 2 PAGE 3 PAGE 4 PAGE 5 PAGE 6 PAGE 7 PAGE 8 COMMUNITY SPORTS AREA FOCUS PUBLIC NOTICE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING PAGE 9 PAGE I0 PAGE 11 PAGE 1 2 PAGE 1 3 PAGE 1 4 WAL GR( ELEMEN T CONCERT PAGE 1 2 2,2004 5 cents entinel ribune VOLUME NO. 19 NUMBER 39 14 PAGES Plus supplements in local edition present the past programs in the area By Tom Merchant and Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune SPECIAL -- Memorial Day is a special time for veterans and families to remember their lost loved ones. It is a time for veter- ans to pay homage to their fallen comrades, as they hold ceremonies through out the country. 8 Walnut Grove Schmidt blew the taps echo at Westbrook cere- his father Jim blowing taps. The American Legion Post and Auxiliary #267 and the Westbrook/Walnut Grove Middle School sponsored an inspiring program Monday morning at the Middle School big gym. Under the direction of Kathy Vondracek the 7/8th grade band provid- ed the prelude for the serv- ice. They played the Star Spangled Banner between the presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance by the audience and a patri- otic match later in the pro- gram. The audience watched the flag burning ceremony in front of the Dovray Legion Monday morning. The 7/8th grade choir sang a rousing patriotic selection before the address of the day by retired Lt. Colonel John Brown. He enlisted after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941 and spent the next 25 years in the Air Force, flying as a bomber pilot from England to the European mainland from January, 1944, to D Day in June, 1945. Lt. Colonel Brown recounted some of his experi- ences during World War II. His voice was filled with emotion as he recalled sad memories. One of those memories was witnessing the death of his best buddy. In the year and a half that he was with the 8th Air Force in Europe, 80,000 men lost their lives in the. air. "It's what my Memorial Day is all about", said the Lt. Colonel. In his introductory five seniot00?eceived diploma's Sunday Leo spoke bout the C's everything we have known. "History teaches us who we are and where we have been." He spoke about World War II Veterans, and how Tom Brokaw described them as the "Greatest Generation." Had it not been for them, we might not be here today. He told his classmates that their generation could be the same. He told them they have two choices, action or inaction. The choice to take action and do what is necessary to make the world a better place. He challenged his class- mates to be active as volun- teers in their communities and to participate in democ- racy. He concluded saying we can equal the efforts of the Greatest Generation. We will have our moment in time -- our moment is now. The program continued with the senior ensemble singing "One Moment in Time", followed by the high school choir performing "I Hope You Dance." The high school band then performed soundtrack highlights from "Robin Hood." Mr. Loy Woelber intro- duced the commencement speaker Mr. Leo Theisen. Business Education teacher, coach, athletic director Mr. Theisen told the class he has been teaching in the system for twenty four years. Merchant Tribune Sunday after- seniors prepared for act as high school They donned their and were pinned class flowers. They had one final practice with Mrs. Knott for their senior - choral number. This all lead up to the beginning of their com- mencement. At two o'clock they marched into the gym to the traditional "Fanfare and Processional" played by the high school band. Following the National Anthem and the school song, the lights were dimmed for the senior slide show pro- duced by Chris Olsem, Joshua Winter, Emily Deprez, and Andrea Hannan. The show included then and now pictures of individual class mates along with candid photos of the class as they journeyed through their primary and secondary school years. Senior speakers Rebekah Kopperud and Nathan Swanson spoke for their class. Kopperud recited a poem she had composed about the years together as they made their way to graduation day. Swanson told his class- mates, We are here to cele- ste and look forward to the bar,. . Today we leave remarks, Brown reminded the audience that Memorial Day is just one week before D Day. We knew it was com- ing, he said, because General Eisenhower sent personal messages to all the airmen. It was a job we had to do, or we could lose our freedom. Remembering Continued on page 3 Westbrook Christian School holds commencement By Carolyn Van Loh Sentinel Tribune The commencement pro- gram for Westbrook Christian School (WCS) was held Saturday, 2 PM, at Immanuel Baptist Church. Graduates chose Jeremiah 29:11 for their class verse: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. WCS graduates and stu- dents sang the song "I Know the Plans," which was based on the Jeremiah verse. Each graduate partici- pated in the program. Amy Fitzsimmons played a piano solo, "The Lord Is my Shepherd." Ann Jansma played "O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus" on the violin. Ann Koch spoke about her memories of WCS and expressed appreciation for those who helped her com- plete her education. Rev. David Grotzke, Baxter, Minnesota, brought the message. He told the graduates about three paths they can choose. The first path is the path of least resistance. They choose this path when they allow friends to influence them. The second path is a path of loss because those on this path have deliberately left God's path. The last path is the path of life found in the Bible. Each person will choose one path for his future. Parents of the gradu- ates hosted a time of food and fellowship in the church basement following the service. Heinrich was happy getting a hug after graduation Sunday Thirty five seniors Continued on page 3 Christian School Graduates 74/51 76/56 77/53 Mostly Slight chance Partly sunny. High..; of a thunder- cloudy. in the mid storm. Highs in the 70s and lows upper 70s in the low and lows in 50s. the low ff). 73/51 Mostly cloudy with scattered thunder- StOtTnS. MIDDLE SCHOOL CARNIVAL PAGE 7 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-276136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2004 Sentinel Tribune