Remembering those who helped preserve freedom
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
There was a slight breeze that sent American flags dancing over Mount Hope Cemetery Monday, as those present remembered all fallen American soldiers, current men and women serving and those who will choose to serve the military in the future.
It was Memorial Day.
Speaking as a father and an educator, guest speaker Dr. Brad Schoeppey told the crowd attending that his son Amon had chosen to serve in the Army in Explosive Ordinance Disposal.
He said, “We are painfully aware that if his unit is called upon to deploy to an active area, his life will be on the line every day he is away.
“We can only imagine how the pride we feel regarding his service to our country might translate if he were required to make the ultimate sacrifice for his country while in the line of duty,” he said.
Dr. Schoeppey, who is superintendent of Chase County Schools (CCS), said, “We are remembering those who have made it possible for us to continue to live the freedoms we have today. As an educator, I realize how important the ability for all children to receive a quality education is one of those freedoms.”
He noted that the class that just graduated from CCS included “young people who are planning on going into the military, either in the reserves or full time active duty. These are bright young men and women who are eager to serve our country well.”
He added, “Our teachers make sure our students today understand the gravity of war and the sacrifices that soldiers have made for us to continue the freedoms we have in this country.”
The service at Mount Hope concluded with members of Andrew Kinder VFW Post #4688 laying wreaths at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, followed by a gun salute to all veterans.