Veterans Day Program

Mark Grinhaug and daughter Ariel spoke of their time in boot camp and, in Mark’s case, Vietnam.

Mark Grinhaug and daughter Ariel spoke of their time in boot camp and, in Mark’s case, Vietnam.

Veterans of the area were honored at the Veterans Day program held at Lime Springs-Chester Elementary on Nov. 11.

As always, Crestwood High School Band was on hand to play “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the program the band also played “My Country Tis of Thee,” “Battle Hymn” and “Taps.”

Just four Legion members were able to make the trek up the steps of the gym to post and retire the colors: Walt McIntosh, Wilt Thomas, Ray Gasser and Duane Eiffler.

Mark Grinhaug and his daughter, Ariel Grinhaug, gave the presentation about the time they spent in the service.

Mark opened by saying, “What I like about the Lime Springs school is that you put the flag up and take it down every day. Not all schools do that.”

When talking about veterans, he explained, “People who serve are normal, everyday people.”

He told the students he was drafted in April 1970 to the Army and was an artilleryman. He returned to the United States on his birthday, Dec. 8, 1971. “It was a great birthday present!” He was most excited about eating a steak and fries and drinking cold pop.

Ariel said she was a combat medic in the Army. She described it as an ambulance driver. She joined because “I could go to school in Pella and serve my country at the same time.”

Students then asked a few questions including where he hid when he was being shot at. Mark answered that there were bunkers in which to hide.

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