Joyce Holman, the acting president of the Concerned Citizens to Save Lincoln School, introduced the board and gave welcome to the Susanna Randolph Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), and welcomed veterans from posts in Vandalia and Laddonia. She then turned the program over to Teresa Wenzel of the DAR. Teresa Wenzel then said that the DAR chose to help the Lincoln School put up their flag pole in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War as well as in remembrance of the end of World War I. She also welcomed CAR members of the Grand Prairies Children of the American Revolution.
Virginia Howdeshell read a prayer honoring our veterans and thanking God for those who have fought to preserve the freedom we enjoy.
Charles Overton, who also was an alumni of Lincoln School until 1960, spoke of the importance of saving the history in Vandalia and played a rendition of “America the Beautiful” on saxophone.