On Friday and on Monday, students at Fairbury Public Schools took time out of their days to honor veterans with various ceremonies and activities.
On Friday morning, students and teachers gathered at the flag pole to see a flag raising ceremony, complete with the Pledge of Allegiance. They then traveled into the gym where they watched as four World War II veterans received Quilts of Valor. They closed by singing patriotic songs and waving flags. Here are some photos from their activities:
Over the lunch period on Friday, students had the opportunity to eat with veterans. According to Jefferson Principal Jeremy Christiansen, roughly 25 veterans attended the lunch. The lunch gave students an opportunity to learn about serving the country. Here are some photos from the event:
Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School
On Monday morning, the Burkley Fine Arts Center was packed with students as they learned about the history of Veterans Day with the help of students from Mick Suey’s class. The crowd was then able to see four Korean War veterans receive Quilts of Valor. Here is a video clip of the veterans receiving the quilts:
James H. Barber was drafted into the U.S. Marine Corps in 1952 to serve in the Korean War. James was sent to San Diego, Calif. for 12 weeks of boot camp and then to Camp Pendleton, Calif. for another six weeks. He then received High Frequency Radio Training in San Diego, where he was the top of his class. In 1953, he transferred to Camp Lejuene, N.C. then to meet the Seventh Fleet in Naples, Italy and ports of France, Greece and Sicily, where he coordinated high frequency message communications. He was honorably discharged in May of 1954 and came back to Fairbury where he ran Barber Furniture Company.
Roscoe Beachler served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956 during the Korean War. After his basic training in California, Roscoe spent 19 months in Guam. When the war ended, he went to school in Maryland to become a personnel officer. He returned to California and spent seven months at a naval base on Midway Island. Roscoe received the All Navy award in basketball in 1953 and also in softball. After being honorably discharged in 1956, he returned to Reynolds to farm.
Mark D. Schmidt entered the U.S. Air Force in August 1952 and served during the Korean War. He received his training at Parks Air Force Base in California and was then sent to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texa for aircraft and engine training. He became an instructor in aircraft and engine training. Mark was called to Travis Air Force Base in California to inspect engines on F-86 fighter jets. He was honorably discharged in August 1956 and returned to Jefferson County to farm east of Daykin.
Robert W. Yantz was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1951 to serve during the Korean War. He was sent to Missouri for basic and advanced training. On Sept. 15, 1951, he rode on a troop ship to Japan, after which he was sent to Slinodaya, Japan. After completing his training as a medical aide, he was sent to Pusan, Korea. Robert went to the 514th Medical Clearing Company, where the wounded were brought by helicopter and by ambulance. He was honorably discharged in March of 1953 and returned to the family farm east of Daykin. For his service to the country, Robert received the Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars as well as the United Nations Service Medal.
The following are photos from the ceremony at Fairbury High School: