Veterans get their due at Lin-Wood School
Josiah Cote, carrying a photo of his grandfather, veteran Roger Cote, enters the Lin-Wood School Friday for an assembly to mark Veterans Day. (BOB HOOKWAY)
U.S. military veterans from the Lincoln-Woodstock area arrived Friday morning, and they represented every war, conflict and military action their country had been involved in over the past 70 years.
The assembly includes all grades, kindergarten through eight, and is special every year. No one cares how long it takes until each and every vet and his or her escort has been announced and applauded. Many servicemen and women moved slowly, some needed a steadying hand, and others rode wheelchairs. All were honored for their sacrifice.
Moments earlier, local U.S. Coast Guard veteran Joel Bourassa listed the many reasons that high school graduates might have for choosing military service: To continue their education; for the "money, free room and board" and medical coverage; or to enjoy retiring after 20 years while they'd still be under the age of 40, he said."Some want to travel, and I'm not talking about war zones. Others want "direction" in their lives, and some definitely need that, the Lin-Wood grad continued.
After listing 10 possible reasons for enlistment, Bourassa concluded his talk with a final one.
"Pride and honor, this is the biggie," he said.
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