As they have for many years, the staff and students at Union Elementary School opened their doors and offered a hearty breakfast to local veterans, their spouses and families. This has been an annual event which began in the media center with maybe 30 local veterans and has more than quadrupled over the years. It’s now held in the gymnasium at the school. There were 175 seats put out and just about every one of them was filled.
“It’s a very humbling opportunity for our students to be able to see and understand the value of a veteran at such a young age,” principal Kellie Dellinger said. “It’s because of them that we are able to learn in a safe environment and do so freely.”
The tables were decorated with handmade colorful placemats with special messages to the veterans. The West Lincoln High School Choir performed two songs followed up by two songs sung by the entire student body at Union Elementary.
In attendance this year was WWII Veteran Lewis Heavner who was former principal of Union Elementary. He’s attended the breakfast just about every year. At 96, Heavner was the oldest veteran in attendance.