(Sheridan, Wyo.) — A few months ago, we were thrilled to share about a Holy Name second grade class project led by teacher Mandy Leach called "If I Were President
It turns out we were not the only ones who were moved.
One night, Sheridan residents Gene and Rosemary Brown were watching the
news. Gene, a 32-year military veteran who served in Vietnam, saw reports
of flag-burnings happening in the United States. He was deeply hurt.
"Military members go through a lot, and instilled in them is a love of
country," Rosemary told Holy Name students in a school-wide assembly today.
The next day, he and his wife went to the Sheridan VA Medical Center, and
saw the Holy Name students' work on display.
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*Holy Name Second Grader Connor Wood, who made this flag out of red, white
and blue army men, which ended up on display at the Sheridan VA Medical
Center. h/t Holy Name Catholic School *
Gene was lifted up; brought out of the sadness he had been feeling the
"It filled our hearts with hope that this generation will love our country
as much as we do," Rosemary told the students.
Gene told Dally that he and his wife called to thank the school, but then
decided to do more.
The students deserved more.
So with help from National Guard Specialist Yvette Romero and Pfc. Logan
Churchill, Gene and his wife planned a thank-you assembly, with a plaque of
honor for the second grade to be received by Connor Wood.
Wood had made an especially moving American flag out of army men—the piece
that had so uplifted Gene that spring morning.
At one moment during the assembly today, Holy Name Principal Mary Drake
asked who in the room was former military. A few stood. Then she asked who
had children, brothers or sisters, parents and grandparents in the
military. Nearly everyone stood.
"So all of you know what it is, what it means to have family in the
military," Drake said.
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*Rosemary and Gene Brown with the Holy Name second graders today. /
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*Plaque for the Second Grade Class / Pitchengine Communities photo*
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*Students stand to show they have family or loved ones in the military. /
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*Gene shakes hands with the second graders today. / Pitchengine Communities*