New Melle Sports and Recreation will host a Trivia Night on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the NMSR Banquet Hall, 4700 Hwy. Z. Doors open 6 p.m.
Over 90 veterans attended the Veterans Day celebration Nov. 9th at Daniel Boone Elementary in New Melle. The day started with breakfast for the veterans and students who were related to the visiting veterans.
Following breakfast, there was a program in the gym. Principal Kevin Armour welcomed and introduced each veteran, and thanked them for coming. He said hosting the program provides an opportunity for students to learn why it is important to recognize, remember and honor veterans for the sacrifices they made.
This year’s guest speaker was Nathan Laupp, United States Marine Corps 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. His son is a student at Daniel Boone. Laupp served from 2001 to 2005 in the U.S. Marines, including two tours in Iraq. After leaving the military, he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree and now works as a financial advisor. He also volunteers as a board member and instructor for the Focus Marines Foundation.
Laupp said adjusting to life after the military is not always easy. The Focus Marines Foundation helps with everything from rebuilding relationships, to managing finances, preparing for a job interview, dealing with the VA health care system, building a network to assimmulate back into society, and more.
Laupp told the students that much of what he learned in the Marines, they could implement in their lives at home, at school, and in their relationships. He shared with them the core Marine Leadership Traits:
J- Justice - be fair.
J - Judgement - thinking clearly and calmly about decisions.
D -Dependability - can your friends rely on you?
I - Initiative - taking action even when not asked to.
D - Decisiveness - make good decisions without delay.
T - Tact - deal with others in a way that maintains relationships.
I - Integrity - be honest and truthful in all you do and say.
E - Enthusiasm - have a real interest and drive to get things done.
B - Bearing - the way you conduct yourself, behave.
U - Unselfishness - be considerate of others.
C - Courage - have inner strength to stand up for what is right.
K - Knowledge - knowledge is power.
L - Loyalty - being devoted to country, family, & friends.
E - Endurance - mental and physical stamina to keep going in difficulty.
Laupp also encouraged the veterans to talk to their children and grandchildren about their time in the military (age appropriately,) sharing experiences they are comfortable sharing, so that the next generations come to understand what serving in the military really means.
A video presentation featured students answering the question, “What is a Veteran?” and also saying “Thank you” to the veterans.
The choir sang several patriotic songs, and the Boy and Girl Scouts posted colors
Also, during the program, the Student Council President and Treasurer announced that the students at Daniel Boone Elementary had raised over $1,000 for the Honor Flight program, which provides transportation to Washington, D.C.. for veterans to see the national war memorials. Congratulations Daniel Boone students! What a great accomplishment!
For more information, or to support The Focus Marines Foundation, visit www.focusmarines.org.
Some of the veterans who attended.
Grandpa and grandson at breakfast.
Grandpas and grandchildren.
Grandpa and granddaughter.
Scouts posted and retired colors.
Guest Speaker Nathan Laupp.
Students collected over $1000 for the Honor Flight Program.
Principal Armour shaking hands with the veterans as they left the gym.