Local woman working to make soldiers’ homecoming special
A Eudora woman is working to make local soldiers' homecoming something special at this year's Eudora High School homecoming. Tami Klinedinst is organizing a parade float and collecting information for a special newspaper ad to recognize both Eudorans currently serving in the armed forces and local veterans.
Klinedinst said the homecoming of 2002 graduate Melanie Claggett from a tour with the Army in Iraq provided the inspiration for her effort.
"As a community, it made me think, we haven't recognized anybody who's doing service or the vets who have served," Klinedinst said.
At first, Klinedinst said she wanted to collect the addresses of those currently serving. One thing led to another, and now she is working to gather photos and information on soldiers and vets for the ad in addition to creating a float for servicemen and women for the high school's homecoming parade Oct. 13.
In an effort to reach as many soldiers and vets as possible, Klinedinst is hoping to work through local schools and churches as well as through publicity in The Eudora News. So far, Klinedinst said she knew of about 25 Eudorans currently serving.
Soldiers -- or their families -- and veterans are asked to send a photo, preferably in uniform, to Klinedinst at 921 E. 13th Ct., Eudora 66025 by Sept. 15.
Included should be the branch of service and rank, as well as where soldiers are currently serving and an address where Eudorans can send their greetings. Veterans are asked to include where and when they served the country. The photos and profiles are planned to run in the Oct. 7 issue of The Eudora News.
The veterans and soldiers -- or families, if soldiers are overseas -- are invited to ride on a float in the Oct. 13 homecoming parade. Klinedinst said she hoped the float would include ROTC members in uniform representing the four branches of service.
Klinedinst is also looking for help putting together the float, which she envisions as lined with American flags with a paper mache eagle guarding over two Cardinals.
To help with the float -- or for more information about the project -- call Klinedinst at 344-1106 or at 542-1030.
"I'm hoping just because of the nature of the project we'll have a good turnout," she said.