Collinsville, Oklahoma
November 11, 2011
Veterans Day 2011
Veterans And Active Military Honored By Schools And Parade
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The November calendar has been updated but the Vererans activities are: 9am Wilson Elementary, 10am Early Childhood Center, 11am Parade & dinner, 1:30pm Herald Elementary. -- Ted
We would like for you to know that Wilson Elementary will be honoring our veterans, past and present, at our annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, November 11th, at 9:00 a.m. They are very special and we would like to show them how important they are to us, to our community, and to our country. If they plan to join us, we ask that they please call (918) 371-3144 to r.s.v.p. We are looking forward to the opportunity to show our appreciation! -- Thanks! ~Paula Caudill (11/1/2011)
Welcome All Veterans!!! Our annual Herald Elementary Veteran's Day assembly is this Friday, November 11th at 1:30. Veterans are welcome to attend a reception in our school library from 12:45 until 1:30. Our children and staff look forward to honoring you! -- Rachel Chronister (11/10/2011)
From LT George W. Brown (11/11/2011)
I felt compelled to share this with all of you, my colleagues, on this Veteran's Day.

I was a soldier serving as a combat controller in a rapid deployment unit stationed in Berlin Germany, 1991. The war in the Persian Gulf had just kicked off and my unit was called up after the ground war had begun.

I was a private first class assigned to an infantry battalion, HHC (headquarters) 6th Battalion, 502nd Infantry. My job was to call indirect fire, artillery and naval gunfire in support of forward ground troops.

When we landed in Iraq, our base was setup and our orders were to protect the Kurds from Iraqi aggression. It seemed Saddam Hussein had initiated a campaign to annihilate the Kurdish people through genocide.

I remember a nine year old Kurdish boy who came to my camp and sat with me on many occasions. I recall being impressed at how quickly he learned the English language and understood things. I would give him MREs, (Meals Ready To Eat) for him to eat and take back to his family, who lived nearby in a tent made of bed sheets. The boy would visit me daily and I grew to enjoy his brief company. Through our conversations, I learned that he was forced to always be on the lookout for the Iraqi Republic Guard, who would surely kill him if he was caught traveling to our, (the enemy) camp.

After about two months, the boy stopped coming to visit me. I remember fearing that something terrible may have happened to him and I recall performing night patrols and calling out for him in the desert, but was unable to locate him.

Nearly one week before my unit was ordered back to Germany, the boy showed up at my tent. I was so happy to see him! He spoke excitedly and the best I could figure was that some enemy troops came through his area and he was forced into hiding. I gave him a big hug and a military "high five" and the rest of my rations I'd saved for him & his family.

I think about that young boy often and pray for his safety.

I learned first hand the meaning of humanitarionism. Upon entering southeastern Asia, I wasn't sure exactly why we were sent to the Gulf, why we were there or what we were fighting for.

Let me tell all who question American involvement in the middle east, sometimes there are bigger things at stake.

Hopefully somewhere out there, is a young man with a family who is grateful for their father. Because a few American soldiers stood between him and evil!

This is the first time I've shared my story. As I wipe away the tears, I remember the American men & women who have served so bravely. Please remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Thanks you and God bless America!
LT George W. Brown #172
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Public Affairs (11/11/2011)

Three Generations of Veterans
Hi Ted,

I thought you might want to know that there will be 3 generations of military veteran's attending the Wilson Elementary Veteran's Program and they might possibly be attending Herald's Program on Friday as well. My husband Jimmy Davis, his father James Davis and my husband's grandfather Conway Young will be there to be honored along with other veterans, but I thought it was particularly neat because the 4th generation children attend Wilson and Herald.

Beth Davis (11/9/2011)

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