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June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

‘Kokomo, you should be proud’

William D. Flack of Galveston sends this Cheer to VFW Post 1152:

“Kokomo, you have an organization in your town you should be extremely proud of: your VFW Post 1152 Military Rites Team. This team is a precious asset not all cities have. The members do anything and everything possible to ensure each American military veteran who passes on, and whose family has requested one, is honorably and professionally awarded the highest military honor America can bestow: a three-volley rifle salute, taps, and a folded American flag.

“When asked, this team went far above and beyond the normal scope of its operations when it voluntarily, enthusiastically and on their own personal time drove to Galveston Cemetery to award a fallen Army hero his full military rites, something that had fallen through the cracks close to 20 years ago at his funeral.

“Not only did the Kokomo team show up in force to fire the rifle salute and play taps, it invited the Army to show up to fold the American flag and present it to this hero’s widow on behalf of a grateful nation. What devotion to duty.

“What an honorable thing to willingly do. What an amazing and loving tribute the team gave Sgt. James L. Wilson, his widow and invited guests. Kokomo, you should be extremely proud of your VFW Military Rites Team. I know I am.”

Up-and-comers played well

Brian West, president of Northside Youth League, sends this Cheer:

“Northside Youth League would like to thank everyone for coming out to the Rookie League championship game and tailgate party on June 6. The weather was beautiful for night baseball, and the kids played a great game.

“Congratulations to H&R Photography for taking home the championship! Our hats off to all the Rookie League teams that played in the tournament. Kokomo and the county leagues have some great up-and-coming baseball players in the near future. Rookie League is truly one of the best things to happen to youth baseball!

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