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Medal of Honor Winner
Speaks at Vet Program
By TONYA SHIPLEY TR Staff Writer
CROOKSVILLE -- It wasn't long ago that Ron Rosser was a student in Crooksville schools.
Wednesday, the Medal of Honor winner returned to the Crooksville K-8 building to participate in the school's Veterans Day program.
Rosser warned the students that it would soon be their time to control the country.
"We fought a lot of wars to have peace and freedom for America and the rest of the world. Soon it will be your time to take care of America, like we tried to do," he said.
Instead of focusing on his time in the service, which included time in Korea, he talked about the future. He urged the students to stay in school, go to college and become prepared for the responsibility that will soon be on their shoulders.
Rosser also talked about the time of unrest which could be coming in the world with talk of war being on people's minds.
"This country is living in a period of a gathering storm. This is not the kind of war that will be over in a couple of weeks ... You don't have to be afraid of this though," Rosser said.
The event also included participation on all levels of the school. From the kindergartners who colored patriotic pictures which lined the gym to the choir singing patriotic songs. The Crooksville American Legion Post 222 also sent its color guard.
"This is the only program we have which includes the whole school. This year I wanted to get as many students involved as possible," said Stacie Kirkbride, eighth grade teacher, who organized the event.
Students from each grade level were called upon to read their essays. The students wrote essays on what the flag meant to them, what veterans are and what is peace.
Second graders Kelsie Kirkbride, Adam Wheeler, Allison Wolfe, and Danielle Nelson wrote a combined essay on what the flag means to them.
Kirkbride said the flag stands for all the veterans who have fought in the wars.
"Our flag stands for justice and freedom," Wheeler said.
Wolfe said the flag means more to her since the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. "I feel sorry for all the people who got hurt," she said.
Nelson also mentioned how 9-11 made her think more about the flag. She said she had an uncle who was in the Army so she knew it was important to celebrate Veterans Day.
Ana Price, an eighth grader, received applause for her essay about veterans.
"I had read in the newspaper about all the veterans and I asked my mom and she told me about veterans. I think they are heroes," Price said.
In her essay she said that whether a veteran is dead, dying or living, they were the ones that made the country what it is today.
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