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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Page 3 t From page I Melissa Keithahn i He talked about how the Viet Nam era veter- ans were not welcomed home the way veterans were back in World War I and II. Many came back with physical and mental problems. Many were told to "just suck it up" Today retuming vet- erans are also coming back with many physical and mental problems. Most are getting the help they need from veterans organizations and the Veterans Administration. However some are still having problems that are not being addressed. He recalled when he returned from Viet Nam it presented problems adjusting to changes back home. He said it took about six months for him to adjust to the changes that happened while he was gone. He asked people to remember to take time to honor our veterans. Help them if you have the opportunity, it may be just opening a door for a disabled vet, or helping a neighboring vet with their day to day needs. He talked about how the military veterans Kala Reimers Allison Vande Kieft Victoria Gilbertson proudly carried our flag into battle, always hold- ing it in total respect for what it represents. He asked the audience to show their respect when the flag is presented at veteran ceremonies or in parades. Always stand, remove your caps, place your hand across your heart, and remember how veterans sacrificed to preserve our flag and what it stands for. He challenged stu- dents to always remem- ber vet- erans w h o fought to preserve the free- dom they enjoy today. The band concluded the program playing America The Beautiful. Walnut Grove Veterans Program. At two o'clock Monday afternoon the Walnut Grove Elementary School and the American Legion and Auxiliary presented the Veterans Day pro- gram at Walnut Grove. The sixth grade band performed the BB's American Pride Suite before the legion and auxiliary presented the colors. The band then played the National Anthem sung by the audience. The Walnut Grove Cub Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance. The reading Heroes Die For Me was read by Melissa Keithahn, fol- lowed by the sixth grade band playing Union March. Kayla Reimers read Veterans Day, followed by the fourth grade choir singing Thank You Soldiers. Following Enstad's address the high school band played A House Divided. T h e American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars then retired the colors. Then The Bravest Man I Know was read by Allison Vande Kieft. The fifth and sixth grade sang two num- bers, Land That We Love, and Yankee Doodle Song, followed by the reading Remember, read by Victoria Gilbertson. The fifth grade class presented The ABC's of Veterans and an Acrostic Poem. Principal Paul Olson introduced the Veterans Day Speaker Jeannette Mertens. Mertens started her address noting that she was not a veteran, but her husband was. She asked the audience how many knew any veter- ans, whether in their family, friends or any- one they might know, most people know at least one veteran. She talked about the history of Veterans Day, it originally was known as Armistice Day in honor of the end of World War I, which took place in November 11, 1918. Although it was not until November 11, 1938 before legislation was passed to make it a new legal holiday to honor World War I veterans. In 1954 after going through World War II, and the Korean War the name was officially changed to Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. She also told the story of the Unknown Soldier Tomb at Arlington National Cemetery. She says there are several soldiers buried there since it was dedicated in 1921 when an unidenti- fied soldier who had been killed in France was buried there. She noted in the spring and summer the changing of the guard takes place every hour 24 hours a day regard- less of the weather. In the fall and winter the changing happens every half hour. She also explained how many people con- fuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. She said Veterans Day is a day to honor all Veterans both living and dead. Memorial Day is to honor our war dead. She talked about a recent story of a group of veterans returning from Afghanistan. Several people saw that there was not enough room for all of them to sit in first class. Seven of them gave up their seats so they could all sit together. They didn't have to do it, but they did to honor them for their service. She says November 11 should be set aside for all of us to thank our veterans for their ser- vice. "Remember, Freedom is not Free." Following the address the sixth grade band played Freedom's March before the legion post and auxiliary retired the colors. ,i t-rT'S PARTY We strive to be the best place in town to have a drink, play pool or darts and meet friends, old and new. 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