The Vandalia Leader
Last Tuesday, the Community R-VI School District was awarded the prestigious Pride and Patriotism Award.
After introducing the many agencies represented at the special assembly, local veteran and Community R-VI graduate Brian Pursifull then spoke of what moved him in regards to patriotism displayed at the district and the need to see the district honored.
He talked of how he came a bit late to a Lady Trojans’ basketball game and sat behind their bench. He said he no sooner got set down before it was announced to rise for the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.
“I was never so proud in my life to be a graduate from this school than when I left this gym that night.”
He said two days later he had the opportunity to come back to Community R-VI and visited with Superintendent Mack and spoke of what he had seen and his appreciation.
She then informed Pursifull of other things the district does like the annual Veteran’s Day Breakfast and Assembly. Also, they hold a service night to honor veterans and local law enforcement for what they do. They sell T-shirts and all funds go to support the different organizations represented. He read from a famous Missourian General Omar Bradley that said at his retirement that, “We as Americans, we are not born as patriots. To be a patriot you have to witness some type of patriotism in front of you. Like what you seen, fall in love with it, and practise it, then you become a patriot.”
With that he told those at Community R-VI that they are patriots.
He then called on three American Legion Commanders from three different posts all having served in Vietnam, all served in the United States Army, all are American Legion Post Commanders, and all three are graduates of Community R-VI. These Commanders were Joe Bowman, Commander of Post No. 552 in Martinsburg; Dan Carson, Commander of Post No. 510 in Laddonia; and Leroy Brinker, Commander of Post No. 3772 in Mexico.
Pursifull on behalf of American Legion, VFW, and veterans throughout the great State of Missouri presented representatives of the Community R-VI student council with the Pride and Patriotism Award.
Pursifull went on to say that he volunteers often at the Missouri Veterans Home. He said as he told some of the veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home what he had seen at Community R-VI that there were a lot of smiles and a lot of tears from knowing all the years of service with pride that they had put in had paid off. The Missouri veterans insisted that the flag that was flying that very day be presented it to Community R-VI.
Veterans Home administrators then presented representatives of Community R-VI teachers and coaches with that very flag to show their appreciation.
State Representative Kent Haden read and presented a resolution from the House of Representatives to Community R-VI Superintendent Cheryl Mack.
Post Commander Joe Bowman was ask to introduce Post No. 552 American Legion Color Guard.
Concluding the Ceremony Brian Pursfull ask the Color Guard to call the colors, and Taps was played.