Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day 2010
Originally uploaded by Pesky Library
Today, Dr. Daniel Leary, member of the class of 1955 and a decorated Vietnam War veteran, spoke to the entire community in the chapel. He told us a story of being wounded behind enemy lines and hearing that medical evacuation helicopters had been canceled. He then spoke of Ed Freeman, a chopper pilot who flew ten missions that day and evacuated 29 wounded men who thought they might never see their families again. He did this without orders, simply because he was in the area and heard of the need. Captain Freeman's machine gun wounds to his chest and leg weren't discovered until he'd rescued the last of the wounded soldiers. He said he didn't know when they'd happened. Today we thank Dr. Leary and all his fellow servicemen for their bravery and courage in their efforts to ensure our freedoms.
Following Dr. Leary's chapel speech, we followed him in silence to the memorial stone where he laid a wreath and we were treated to a beautiful two-bugle rendition of taps.

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