Ghent VFW donates books about Veteran’s Day

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Pictured (l to r) are Bill Lowder, Sr. Vice Commander; service dog Hoagie; Linda Betz; Pat Wharton; Katrina Wallin; Rita Akin; Barbara Radley; Ken Wilber, Past Commander; Chris McMurray; Teshia McMurray, Auxiliary President; Gloria Lowder, Auxiliary Secretary; and service dog Wally. Photo by David Lee

GHENT – Friday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day and there will be programs and parades around the county. Members of the Ghent VFW Post 5933 will participate in a combined program in Chatham. They will also present a program in the middle school in Chatham on Thursday, November 10, the occasion of which provides them with the opportunity to donate books that tell stories about veterans for children.

VFW Auxiliary President Teshia McMurray was surprised recently to find that few children understood the significance of the tradition of handing out small paper poppies on Memorial Day. In an effort to help correct this, she found three children’s books about veterans that the auxiliary would buy and donate a set each to the Chatham Library and the Chatham Elementary School library.

The books are “The Poppy Lady” by Barbara Walsh and illustrated by Layne Johnson which tells the story of Moina Belle Michael who worked to establish the tradition of distributing poppies; “Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood” by Valerie Pfundstein and illustrated by Aaron Anderson about veterans in their civilian lives; and “America’s White Table” explaining the tradition of the setting of a small table reserved for a fallen, missing or captive serviceman.

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