Say ‘Thank You’ to a veteran

by | October 1, 2009 12:00 am

A program to honor all local veterans will be held at the Franklin Memorial Library on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 at 3 p.m. Judge Bobby Reeves will be the featured speaker. A reception will follow in the George L. Smith Room. The public is invited to attend. The library staff request that you participate by saying “thank you” to some veteran.

How can you say “thank you” to a veteran? The staff of the Franklin Memorial Library would like for you to write a tribute to some veteran you would like to thank. Put your tribute on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper and bring it by the library. Your tribute may be handwritten or typed. It may be a few sentences or a full page. It may be written about a veteran who is living or deceased. It may be written by an adult or a child. It may include a picture or not. The library staff will be glad to scan a picture for you so that you do not have to use an original picture. These tributes will be displayed in the Smith Room at the library during the veterans program in November. This is a great opportunity for you to show some veteran that you recognize his/her contribution to our freedom and to let that veteran know that you care about him/her. These tributes will become a part of a permanent collection at the library. If you have questions or need further information contact Virginia Bolton or any library staff member at 237-7791. Below is an example of a tribute written by Wilma Ross.

Billy Eugene (Bill) Ross enlisted in the United States Air Force on October 12, 1955 and took his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Bill was Airman Second Class with the Strategic Air Command (SAC) in the maintenance squadron and was stationed in Korea for two years. He was honorably discharged October 11, 1959 at Homestead Air Force Base and served in the Reserves from October 11, 1959 until October 11, 1961.

Bill was born in Colquitt County and grew up in Norman Park. He passed away October 19, 2002.

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