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SR MASTER SERGEANT BECKER

THE SPIRIT OF OUR MILITARY

The guest speaker for the 2003 Waynedale Memorial Day Ceremony held at Prairie Grove Cemetery following the parade, is Linda Darlene Becker. ‑Linda is a 27-year military veteran and continues to serve with the 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard located at Fort Wayne International Airport.

Linda joined the USAF in 1973 towards the end of the Viet Nam conflict during a time in the history of the United States when joining the...

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Growing up in Waynedale in the 1950's the old pit was known to all as May Sand and Gravel. If you had gravel in your driveway, it probably came from the pit on Ardmore Ave. As kids, we would sort through the driveway gravel and pull out these little white rocks that were about the same diameter as a pencil and had washer-like plates, similar to a miniature stack of dimes. The kids called them Indian Beads. They weren't really beads, and they didn't have anything to do with Indians, but...

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Poppy Day! (l-r) American Legion Post #241 newly elected Women’s Auxiliary President Diane Martz and Vice President Kathy Alexander-Miller

On Memorial Day groups, like the American Legion Post #241 Women's Auxiliary, raise funds for charitable activities by selling paper poppies made by disabled veterans. This bright red wildflower became a symbol of World War I after a bloody battle in a field of poppies called Flanders Field in Belgium.

For over 70 years, the American Legion Auxiliary has sponsored Poppy Day to remind America that millions have sacrificed their lives and health to keep our nation strong and free. The poppy's...

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On his 100th birthday, Dillard Wilcox opens a gift from Concordia Theological Seminarian Robert Hauter.

Dillard Wilcox, a resident of Englewood Health and Rehabilitation Center, turned 100 on May 14, 2003. Dillard was born and raised in Robinsville, NC and moved to Fort Wayne in 1929. He worked for General Electric for many years before going to work as a farmhand in the Churbusco area. Dillard continued working on area farms until his retirement in 1968. He lived on his own until 1995 when he moved to Englewood.

Dillard is the oldest of 7 children, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Only he and his...

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LOCAL STUDENT WRITES ABOUT RETIREMENT COMMUNITY RESIDENTS

VU graduate student Megan Roby of Fort Wayne contributed to a book about the residents of Pines Valley Retirement Communities in Valparaiso. Students in an Intermediate Composition class taught by Dr. Kathleen Mullen, associate professor of English at VU, each profiled a resident of the retirement community. Each chapter of the book "We Celebrate Life" is written by a student and is a biography and essay about a member of the...

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KOREAN WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION INDIANA CHAPTER ONE

The KWVA Chapter One will be taking a bus trip to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 50th year Anniversary of the truce of the Korean War. The dates are from July 22nd thru July 28th. We will be visiting many patriotic and historical places as well as doing many other fun things. Come and travel with us and join the fun! For more information and costs, please contact Marian Wisniewski at 260-432-1106.

KWVA CHAPTER 1 MONTHLY...

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For more than half a century, we have honored America's fallen heroes by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of service members just prior to Memorial Day weekend.

This tradition, known as "flags in," has been conducted annually at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U. S. Soldier's and Airmen's Home National Cemetery since The Old Guard (the 3rd U.S. Infantry) was designated as the Army's official ceremony unit in 1948.

As part of this yearly memorial activity, many...

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The spectacular release of doves will again be a part of this year's Military Ceremony at Prairie Grove Cemetery. The ceremonial "white dove" release will be to remember all military past and present. Ten doves will be released first. And then the eleventh dove will be released after the flock circles once. The last released dove represents the spirit of the departed, all men and women who have served our country and brought us our freedom yesterday, today, and tomorrow. The doves will circle...

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photo by Cindy Cornwell   Students from South Side High School signed an orange banner agreeing to: “…make a diligent effort to not use, experiment with or abuse alcohol,” and by signing and agreeing they were given an orange ribbon and a ticket for a chance to win an Orange South Side High School T-shirt.

On Friday, May 2nd, 2003 youth and adults across Indiana took a stand against underage drinking. In an effort to raise awareness on the issue of underage drinking and providing support for the youth who choose not to drink, South Side High School parents, teachers, business owners, political officials, and students banded together to make a difference and encourage all students to "Lose the Booze."

The Orange Ribbon Campaign, a project of the Indiana Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, was...

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