Archive - Dec 12, 2011 - News Article
Dressed in their black military outfits and wearing garrison caps, nine members of the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars post stand waiting at attention along the sidewalk to the home one returning Iraqi veteran grew up.
His siblings and friends crowd the porch at 213 E. Benton St. as his mother stands on the bottom step fidgeting first with her hands cupping her face and then at her side â€” all watching as U.S. Army Private 1st Class Than Bowersock walks down the sidewalk. He spent the last year in Iraq.
As the bitter cold December wind whipped through Greenlawn Cemetery, a group of people held a moment of silence for local soldiers killed in action.
â€śMay we continue to honor our veterans and their sacrifices for years to come,â€ť said Ralph Reynolds, a member of the local veterans organization Freedomâ€™s Colors, as he led the group gathered to lay the wreaths in remembrance of seven Wapakoneta soldiers killed in action.
â€śThis is one way of paying respect and saying thank you,â€ť he said as each wreath was laid.
For one six-year-old at the Wapakoneta Elementary School, settling into the school routine was scary at first. However the kindergarten student of Abby Truesdale is settling into the dayâ€™s routine just fine, the young girl says.
â€śIt was really hard getting used to it,â€ť Avery Hudt said. â€śIt took a while getting used to it.â€ť
However, she said she may have had a little bit of an advantage getting used to school. The daughter of Karen and Josh Hudt said her mother works as a first grade teacher at Wapakoneta Elementary School and her grandmother works in the office.