Light Snow
14°FLight SnowFull Forecast

Kudos to vets, musicians for fine program

Published: Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST

At the Rock River Center in Oregon on Nov. 8, a large group gathered at a special program to honor all our veterans. A hand-stitched quilt of valor and a hand-carved walking stick were raffled off; very lovely articles. 

VFW Post 3789 posted the colors and everyone joined in the Pledge of Allegiance. I thank these four or five gents who make every ceremony so special. A delightful group of eight, Keebler’s Kids, played a gratifying group of songs. Maestro Keebler also explained them: the national anthem; “Battle Hymn of the Republic” from the Civil War; “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” from World War I; “Yankee Doodle” from the  Revolutionary War; “This Land is Your Land” by Woodie Guthrie from the Vietnam War; and “America” and “America the Beautiful.”

An honorable veteran, Doug Wean, spoke all too briefly honoring veterans of all wars, past and present, in a poignant message to all. The 16 members of the Oregon High School Band, under Maestro Andy Eckardt, played exceedingly well: “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Thank you to all who made this important gathering possible. God bless you all, and a special thank you to all the veterans.

National video

Reader Poll

Of all the U.S. presidents born in February, which one is your favorite?
Ronald Reagan (Feb. 6)
William Henry Harrison (Feb. 9)
Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12)
George Washington (Feb. 22)