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Remembering the sacrifice for freedom

Irene HurstIrene Hurst (above) receives a flower and a note of thanks for her son’s service to the United States during Veterans Day services at the Valley Falls schools.

1st Lt. Quentin Hurst, a helicopter pilot, was killed in Vietnam Sept. 27, 1968, while commander of a military aircraft on a combat mission.

Chris Hansford

Fifth-grade teacher Chris Hansford sang patriotic songs, the band played, and the choir sang, as well. Story and photos by Clarke Davis

Approximately 80 veterans in the community attended the service provided by the students. The “thank you” cards were written by the kindergarten and first-grade pupils.

Senior Hunter Sherretts welcomed the veterans to the event that began with the posting of the colors by a Kansas Army National Guard color guard.

Veterans entered the gymnasium through columns of flag-bearing students and American Legion Riders.

The sixth-grade students gave a flag folding demonstration with teacher Jeff Schneider relating what each fold of the flag represented.

A small flag was displayed that had flown in Afghanistan on 9-11-11 and was given to Sharon and Terry Porter.

Fifth-grade teacher Chris Hansford sang patriotic songs, the band played, and the choir sang, as well.

flag folding demonstration

The sixth-grade students gave a flag folding demonstration with teacher Jeff Schneider relating what each fold of the flag represented.

The event ended with taps as the deceased veterans’ pictures were projected on the screen. This was the fourth year the school has held a Veterans Day program.

A home-cooked Thanksgiving meal was prepared and served to the Valley Falls community veterans Sunday afternoon by the women’s auxiliary to Grahem-Herbers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3084.

Nearly the entire meal was prepared by auxiliary President Lucy Sayers and the Senior Vice Mary Maxfield.

Turkey, ham, potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, pies, rolls, and other trimmings made up the meal prepared at the VFW post home.

“Bonnie Marschie helped me peel potatoes Saturday,” Mary said.

President Lucy Sayers, left and the Senior Vice Mary Maxfield.

President Lucy Sayers, left and the Senior Vice Mary Maxfield.

The women estimate that the auxiliary has treated the veterans to a Thanksgiving dinner for at least 20 years. There are usually 30 to 35 veterans and spouses who attend.

“I’ve been the president for nine years and I know it was being done several years before that,” Lucy said. She did note that the auxiliary is in desperate need of new members, that there just aren’t many of them left to carry on.

Saturday was Walter and Lucy Sayers’ 59th wedding anniversary.

“We’ll have to wait a week to celebrate,” Lucy said.

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