Lander history team to eulogize fallen WWII Wyomingite at Omaha Beach

Lander teacher Gayla Hammer and student Sydney Polson have been selected for an opportunity to tell the story of a fallen World War II hero from Wyoming and honor them with a eulogy delivered at the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach in June 2016. The National History Day Organization selected Hammer and Polson as one of fifteen student/teacher teams to give World War II presentations. Teams spent a year research the story of their "silent hero" through historical research using primary sources such as war records, draft cards, and interviews with family members. Hammer is a sixth-grade teacher at Lander Middle School; Polson is a former student of Hammer's and is now a junior at Lander Valley High School. "Throughout their research these students and teachers become deeply connected to their Silent Heroes," said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. "When Sydney presents the eulogy, she will be reading a eulogy for someone she knows, someone whose story she is responsible for telling. It results in a powerful, and often tearful, understanding of the sacrifice Sydney's Silent Hero made in WWII." *Photo from D-Day h/t National Archives and Records Administration* #county10 #news