8th Annual FCCLA Freedom Breakfast

8th Annual FCCLA Freedom Breakfast
Posted on 11/09/2018
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Veterans got a warm reception at the 8th Annual Indian Lake High School FCCLA Freedom Breakfast. 

First thing Friday morning, Family Career and Community Leaders of America students served up a hearty breakfast for veterans from around the area in the ILHS auxiliary gym. Then they moved into the auditorium for an all school assembly. 

The stage was decorated with dozens of patriotic quilts, lovingly created over the past year by members of the Logan County Piecemakers quilting group. 

It was an emotional day for Bonnie and Dwight Hansen, who are both members of the Piecemakers and parents of 1996 ILHS graduate Army Staff Sgt. Dennis Hansen. He was killed while serving as part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2009. Dwight Hansen is also a Vietnam veteran. 

Bonnie Hansen explains, “We went to Germany when Dennis was killed and stayed at the Fisher House (military family housing). They had quilts for us there and I said, that’s what we want to do.”

Students cheered as members of the Piece-makers delivered a quilt to each veteran as they were introduced with their name and branch of service. 

Logan County Veterans to DC organizer Scott Stewart served as the keynote speaker for the assembly for the second year in a row. He told students, “If you get the chance to say ‘thank you,’ they (veterans) never get tired of hearing it. And I’m proud of what the young people have done today to show what veterans mean to them.”

Stewart also shared a story about his close friend, Glen Gault, who was wounded while serving. Gault, now a pastor, delivered the assembly’s invocation. 

At the conclusion of the event, ILHS students carried on their tradition of coming forward to shake hands and thank local veterans for their service.