Veterans pay tribute to Valley Falls Supt. Feldkamp
Story and photo by Clarke Davis
The purpose of an assembly at Valley Falls Elementary School Wednesday was to honor the children for their excellent scores the past year on their assessment tests and to signal the start of the another round of tests.
The assembly was briefly interrupted however, by a marching color guard from the Grahem-Herbers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3084, Valley Falls, who came to honor the school superintendent.
Superintendent Loren Feldkamp was presented with a plaque from the post honoring him for the many tributes he has paid to veterans in the community and for involving the children in that process.
Feldkamp instituted an annual Veterans Day program at the school run by the children when he came to Valley Falls.
The superintendent is a Civil War re-enactor and brings this to life as part of History Day held in May that he started.
Post Commander Jerry Tullis presented Feldkamp with a plaque stating that it was in recognition of Feldkamp for “his past and continued support and recognition of our nation’s military veterans and the education of our youth in the importance of patriotism and citizenship.”
“This is unbelievable,” Feldkamp said choking up. In thanking the veterans, he said he was proud of this community and its children.
“I can only say that my dad would be very proud,” he said.
The color guard consisted of Daryl Ford, Steve Kientz, James Clulo, Ted Montgomery, and Tullis.
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