Edwards ceremony caps Veterans Day events
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – When Pat Hammon and Amy Van Goey talk about veterans and the military, it’s the response from the kids that moves them.
Hammon, who was an Army nurse in Vietnam, and Van Goey, a Marine during the first Gulf War years, have been involved all week in events leading up to Veterans Day.
Hammon said she was particularly looking forward to Thursday’s flag-raising ceremony at Red Sandstone Elementary School in Vail.
“The kids sing a song – it just brings tears to your eyes,” Hammon said.
Presentations at local schools this week have been filled with songs – songs mostly that thank veterans for their service to their country.
“So many schools have been putting on amazing programs,” Van Goey said. “The kids sing, and ask questions.”
And even the teenagers offer their respect.
Van Goey was a speaker at a Tuesday event at Eagle Valley High School. While she’d privately told a teacher that any student who got out of line would have to “drop and give me 20 (push-ups),” that moment never came.
“There were at least 100 kids there, and not a one said anything,” Van Goey said. “They were so open and respectful.”
Van Goey will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony at Freedom Park in Edwards Thursday, something she said she’s looking forward to.
The 4 p.m. ceremony will include the Battle Mountain High School Barbershop Quartet, recognition of Eagle County World War II veterans and recognition of active-duty service members.
City Market has donated coffee, and the Battle Mountain High School Food and Nutrition Program has baked cookies for the event. and their families and baked treats from the Battle Mountain High School Food and Nutrition Program.
“It’s just been great this week,” Van Goey said. “Our (Veterans of Foreign Wars) chapter has so many outstanding and decorated service people. It’s remarkable in a community this size.”
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