The Wahkiakum County Eagle - Established as The Skamokawa Eagle in 1891

Local schools honor veterans


November 17, 2016

Diana Zimmerman

Wahkiakum High School senior RayAnna Carlon introduced Tom Irving, one of the local residents who was honored for Veterans Day at Wahkiakum High School. Irving can be seen at the end of the front row on the left, and as the figure on the left in the black and white picture on the large screen.

Students and staff at two area school districts honored local service men and women at Veterans Day assemblies last Thursday.

Students at Wahkiakum High School filmed interviews with three local veterans, Tom Irving, Ralph Kenner, and Ralph Keyser, and shared them with students and visitors at the assembly. The three spoke about their experiences during war time.

Diana Zimmerman

Lauren Garcia, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class, salutes the flag during the National Anthem at Naselle/Grays River Valley School's Veterans Day assembly.

"I'm lucky, I've been inspired by these men for many years," retired Lieutenant Colonel and teacher Mike Thomas said, "through our times together as Veterans of Foreign Wars."

In Naselle, two administrators read the names and the bios of all the veterans in the area. The list was lengthy and the bios were impressive, taking more than a half hour to read.

A veteran from Long Beach, Mark Smith, presented certificates and awards to the winners in a patriotic essay competition. Holly Disch, who was on her way to the State 1B volleyball tournament, won first place in the area Voice of Democracy essay contest. Her sister, Rachel, stood in for her and read the winning essay for the crowd.

"Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand," Disch wrote.

Elementary students sang, and the Color Guard stepped to the rhythm of the Naselle Drum Corps as they retired the flags.


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