Archive for Thursday, September 9, 2004

Soldiers, vets still encouraged to participate in recognition

September 9, 2004

A community effort to recognize local servicemen and women is still underway, although response has been sparse.
Eudora resident Tami Klinedinst said last week she'd gotten a response from two soldiers and one veteran for an advertising-supported feature in The Eudora News. Klinedinst said she'd received photographs and information from Andy Roth and Kurt Hopson, both of whom are currently serving, and Richard Hopson, a veteran.
The idea is to have the soldiers' and veterans' photographs appear with information about their service and addresses of those currently serving so that Eudorans can send their greetings. Klinedinst said she hoped those in the community would send cards and letters.
"That's something you're not going to lose, and what a resource of information," Klinedinst said of the project.
Participation is free for soldiers and veterans. However, the deadline to submit photos and information is Wednesday. Soldiers -- or their families if serving overseas --- are invited to send a photo, preferably in uniform, with information about their branch of service, rank, where they are serving, and an address where Eudorans can send cards and letters.
Veterans are invited to send a photo, preferably in uniform, and information about their branch, rank and where and when they served.Photos and information can be sent to Klinedinst at 921 E. 13th Ct., Eudora 66025.
Klinedinst said she was hoping to have enough participation for a large newspaper spread recognizing soldiers' and veterans' service. And Klinedinst is also hoping to have veterans, soldiers or their families ride on a float in the Eudora High School homecoming parade. But without volunteers having yet stepped forward, she said parade participation was uncertain.
"If I can have help, we can maybe do the float," Klinedinst said.
For more information about the projects or to volunteer to help with the float, call Klinedinst at 344-1106 or 542-1030.
Despite as-yet tepid response to the projects, Klinedinst said she got encouragement in the form of a signed photograph from Jan Justice, a Bonner Springs Democrat running for the Kansas Senate's 3rd District seat in November. Klinedinst said Justice wrote that her son was career Navy, and Klinedinst said the candidate thanked her for her efforts in Eudora.
"A lot of people say it's a great idea, and I think people are supportive of it," Klinedinst said.

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