Students at Coal City Intermediate School got a hands-on lesson on history from local veterans during a visit and special presentation on Oct. 9.
Principal Tracy Carlson introduced St. Juvin Post 1336 VFW members who visited with students and staff. Commander Charlie Brown gave the Post’s “History of the U.S. Flag” presentation aided by the fourth grade students.
Adjutant Keith Roseland gave a presentation on Lance Corporal Cecil Lee Russell, USMC, a Coal City native who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968.
Junior Vice-Commander James "Hoppy" Phillips explained the branch of service flags displayed at the Community Veteran’s Memorial.
Post members attending represented veterans from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force.
With the weather cooperating for a visit to the Community Veterans Memorial located on the school grounds, Quartermaster Jim Richards and Public Information Officer/Chaplin Bill Bomba answered questions from students about the Memorial and the names inscribed.
The Post also conducted a raffle for each grade where the winners received a U.S. flag kit. This year’s winners were Caiden Giordano and Kellen Forsythe. The Post also received letters from Cindy Jelm’s fourth grade class expressing the students thanks to veterans for their service to our country.
Members of Post 1336 said they were grateful for the opportunity to meet with Coal City students to tell the stories of veterans, their service, and their sacrifices, as well as to share the history of the flag.
The History of the U.S. Flag presentation is available to community groups by contacting the Post Commander at 815/634-2119.