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The September 6th Solon Spartans Football game against West Liberty Comets has been designated as “Armed Forces Night”.  Veterans in attendance will be recognized during half time for their service to our country.  Admission is free to veterans with proper identification.  Valid identification includes; Active military card, Reserve and National Guard ID, Veteran designation on your driver’s license or state ID, Legion membership card, VFW membership card, Disable Veterans card, or your VA card.

The school is also starting a tradition of recognizing one veteran each year for their service to our country.  This year’s recipient is WW II veteran Dean Moel.

We hope that all veterans will attend and be recognized for their service.

Denny Hansen, Sergeant-At-Arms

Solon American Legion Color Guard

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A message from our Chaplain:

Eighteen years ago this month our nation was attacked by terrorists. Two high-jacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers located in New York financial district. One plane crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane the passengers decided to take control and fought back against the terrorists. The 4th plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field killing all aboard but saving countless of lives of the intended target.

I recall watching the second plane in real time crash into the second tower. I could not believe my eyes. When reality was just starting to sink in, the towers suddenly came crashing down, as the smoke and dust bellowed across the TV screen my heart ached with a deep anguish.

When our son came home from school, I looked upon a face not of a 17 year old but the face of the baby boy I held in my arms not so long ago. The next day, I placed a call to the Navy recruiter and gave him my past military experience. He asked me, my current age and birth date, after a few moments he told me I was too old by two months. I told the recruiter that I was still in good physical shape, I was still running four miles a day. He responded to my plea, “Yes, sir I understand, and I would love to bring you back in but it is out of my hands. I have to follow regulations.” I attempted to reenlist not because I wanted to go to war. Rather, because I wanted to protect my son and the other sons of our nation from seeing the horrors of war.

We are still at war, and we have young men and women enlisting into the armed forces who were not even born prior to that fateful day in September. As we go about our daily activities, take some time and pray for the safe return of our sons and daughters currently serving in the armed forces. Pray for an end to the war, so no other innocent American youth will have to see the horrors of war.

Doug Thompson, Chaplain


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