WHS honors veterans


The score of Wilmington High School’s final football game of the season may have been a disappointment for Hurricane Nation, but the evening was very special for 40 local veterans. In addition to Senior Night, the night was also set aside to honor the veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C. on the Oct. 1 Clinton County Honor Flight. The special evening began with Korean War veteran Earl Maher standing at the flagpole, wearing his American Legion Memorial Squad uniform, saluting the American flag as the WHS Marching Band played the National Anthem and his son Bob Maher, a member of the Post 49 Memorial Squad and guardian on the flight, raised the flag. World War II Navy veteran Guy Linville participated in the opening coin toss (pictured), the veterans were recognized as a group, and the entire WHS football team passed among the veterans shaking every outstreched hand. At the end of the first quarter the veterans were called to the goal line nearest to their special seating and introduced one at a time to the approving roar of the crowd. One of the veterans stated, “I can’t believe all the attention we have received. It is so gratifying.” A man wearing a ball cap with Vietnam Veteran across the front added, “All this has been great — very special.”


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The score of Wilmington High School’s final football game of the season may have been a disappointment for Hurricane Nation, but the evening was very special for 40 local veterans. In addition to Senior Night, the night was also set aside to honor the veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C. on the Oct. 1 Clinton County Honor Flight. The special evening began with Korean War veteran Earl Maher standing at the flagpole, wearing his American Legion Memorial Squad uniform, saluting the American flag as the WHS Marching Band played the National Anthem and his son Bob Maher, a member of the Post 49 Memorial Squad and guardian on the flight, raised the flag. World War II Navy veteran Guy Linville participated in the opening coin toss (pictured), the veterans were recognized as a group, and the entire WHS football team passed among the veterans shaking every outstreched hand. At the end of the first quarter the veterans were called to the goal line nearest to their special seating and introduced one at a time to the approving roar of the crowd. One of the veterans stated, “I can’t believe all the attention we have received. It is so gratifying.” A man wearing a ball cap with Vietnam Veteran across the front added, “All this has been great — very special.”

The score of Wilmington High School’s final football game of the season may have been a disappointment for Hurricane Nation, but the evening was very special for 40 local veterans. In addition to Senior Night, the night was also set aside to honor the veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C. on the Oct. 1 Clinton County Honor Flight. The special evening began with Korean War veteran Earl Maher standing at the flagpole, wearing his American Legion Memorial Squad uniform, saluting the American flag as the WHS Marching Band played the National Anthem and his son Bob Maher, a member of the Post 49 Memorial Squad and guardian on the flight, raised the flag. World War II Navy veteran Guy Linville participated in the opening coin toss (pictured), the veterans were recognized as a group, and the entire WHS football team passed among the veterans shaking every outstreched hand. At the end of the first quarter the veterans were called to the goal line nearest to their special seating and introduced one at a time to the approving roar of the crowd. One of the veterans stated, “I can’t believe all the attention we have received. It is so gratifying.” A man wearing a ball cap with Vietnam Veteran across the front added, “All this has been great — very special.”
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_HONOR-FLIGHT-FOOTBALL-COIN-FLIP-PIC2.jpgThe score of Wilmington High School’s final football game of the season may have been a disappointment for Hurricane Nation, but the evening was very special for 40 local veterans. In addition to Senior Night, the night was also set aside to honor the veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C. on the Oct. 1 Clinton County Honor Flight. The special evening began with Korean War veteran Earl Maher standing at the flagpole, wearing his American Legion Memorial Squad uniform, saluting the American flag as the WHS Marching Band played the National Anthem and his son Bob Maher, a member of the Post 49 Memorial Squad and guardian on the flight, raised the flag. World War II Navy veteran Guy Linville participated in the opening coin toss (pictured), the veterans were recognized as a group, and the entire WHS football team passed among the veterans shaking every outstreched hand. At the end of the first quarter the veterans were called to the goal line nearest to their special seating and introduced one at a time to the approving roar of the crowd. One of the veterans stated, “I can’t believe all the attention we have received. It is so gratifying.” A man wearing a ball cap with Vietnam Veteran across the front added, “All this has been great — very special.” Courtesy photo
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