VERSAILLES – Edison State Community College, the Miami Valley Veterans Museum and Versailles Schools are working collaboratively to present a salute to American war heroes at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Versailles High School auditorium.
Area veterans and their families are invited to attend and hear the stories of World War II veteran Harry Ashburn, Korean War veteran Don Earnest and Vietnam War veteran John Looker. All are combat veterans and will share their accounts of the challenges and tragedies of war to a high school audience of 400 students.
U.S. Army veteran and curator of the Miami Valley Veterans Museum, Terry Purke, will show artifacts from those three wars in the museum’s “History in a Box” project prior to the program.
The band Thien Snipps, led by Vietnam veteran Larry Dragosavac, will present a 30-minute concert of patriotic music from 12:30 until 1 p.m.
Vietnam veteran Mel Shane will emcee the program, and the social studies faculty at the high school – Jennifer Sentman, Amy Carman and 10-year U.S. Marine veteran John Jackson – are handling ground logistics. Edison State student and veteran Sean Murphy will record the program for local distribution.
For more information, contact program coordinator Vivian Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org.