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Gallatin DAR to Ring in Constitution Week

With “Bells Across America”

The Gallatin DAR has invited all Gallatin community churches to ring their bells at 3 p.m. on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, in conjunction with a mayoral proclamation from the steps of Gallatin City Hall announcing Constitution Week at 3:05 p.m. by Gallatin Mayor Barb Ballew. Light refreshments will follow at the Daviess County Library, where a window display has been arranged for September.

The Gallatin Chapter

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Letter to the Editor: The Moving Wall and Thanks

Dear Editor:

There was a very heartfelt thank you in last week’s paper from Elaine Kettering regarding the Vietnam Moving Wall. Carl and I appreciate our names being mentioned and that we provided some food and drinks, but we were volunteers just like all the rest of the community.

VFW Post 2172 and a core group of volunteers from the community, spearheaded by Post Commander Ray Clevenger, spent more than

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The Wall Brings Mysteries, Answers

Aaron Gray (on right with tattoo on arm) is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He spends seven to eight months traveling with The Moving Wall and scheduling events. Every year, during the winter months of the off-season, between November and April, brand new panels are put on the wall with any new names added. Mr. Gray said the community of Gallatin was “phenomenal.” Because of the excellent volunteer help

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Many Moved to Service by The Moving Wall

Elaine Kettring was a greeter at the gate of the Moving Wall at Dockery Park in Gallatin. When the sixth grade from Searcy Elementary came to see The Wall, she was able to escort her own grandson Johnathan Carder to the panels.

“I just had to go,” said Elaine, who spent around 14 hours as a volunteer many times during the four-day exhibit.

Elaine collected many facts about The Wall

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Blasts from the Past

Aug. 25, 2004

New staff members at Gallatin R-5 are Ida Dowell, Tyna Morrison, Mary Adams, Debra Carpenter, Julie Porter and Phillip Limb.

The John McLaughlin family of Altamont was chosen as the Farm Family representative for Daviess County to the 2004 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Aug. 24, 1994

Sam Boyd, Gallatin, was among area Burrus dealers who achieved sales goal awards during a recent meeting of Burrus dealers

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Ledesma Serves with Special Forces

Urges citizens to vote

by Denise Felderman

Ron Ledesma enlisted in 1962 at Los Angeles, Calif. He took his basic training in San Antonio, Texas, at Lakeland Air Force Base. Then off to Boloxie, Miss., for education in electronic communications.

In 1965 President Johnson sent 500,000 troops to Vietnam. There were not a lot of ground forces there at the time and this was the beginning of a real build-up

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Vic Dill Proudly Serves in Marine Corp

Escort for deceased includes own step-brother

by Denise Felderman

Upon entry Vic Dill went to Marine Corp Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego, Calif., for 12 weeks. Then off to Camp Pendleton for four weeks of infantry training. Then back to MCRD for field operators course.

Vic mostly learned about field radios (prc 25) and backpack or jeep-mounted radios. He was then sent to 9th Communications Battalion, 5th Marine Expeditionary

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VFW to Host Moving Wall, Post 2172 Receives Award

The Veterans of Frazier Post #2172 of Gallatin, Missouri, and the citizens of Gallatin will be hosting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “The Moving Wall” from August 21-25 in Dockery Park located within Gallatin. Originally the event was scheduled for September but conflict caused the event to be changed to August. Please mark your calenders.

“The Moving Wall” is one of three replicas of the original monument that travel the USA,

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Coulston Serves with Military Police in Vietnam

Spends time as “tunnel rat”

by Denise Felderman

Ron Coulston went into the service in 1968. He was 17 years old. He was attached to the military police and led convoys into North Vietnam with a V100 tank on solid rubber wheels. This was his job for about 2.5 months. He could have left Vietnam as he was offered the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. as a police officer,

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