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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Proud To Be An American

We had an amazing assembly yesterday morning! Scholars met some very special guests who spoke to them about service, freedom and citizenship.

One of our special guests was Medal of Honor Recipient, Doc Ballard. The Medal of Honor is awarded for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. There are fewer than 100 Medal of Honor recipients alive today so it is a rare opportunity, indeed,  to meet one of these heroes.

Medal of Honor recipient, Doc Ballard

Another of our special guests was former Army Night Stalker Helicopter Pilot, Gary Linfoot. Gary sustained injuries during his service which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He currently uses an exoskeleton device to walk. He spoke to scholars about his injuries and how this special device was engineered for him and others like him. He explained that this device is in its infancy and engineers gather data from his experiences to improve the device to make it better for future users. He hopes that one day the device will allow him to jump and run.
What an amazing, real life, engineering connection!

Gary Linfoot 

Follow this link to the video:    Gary Linfoot Exoskeleton

Col USMCR, Tim Raynor was on hand and talked to scholars about The Pledge of Allegiance. He explained that the flag is our national symbol and that each time we say the pledge we are committing our allegiance to our country and honoring all those who fought and still fight to help maintain the freedoms we enjoy everyday.

Col USMCR Tim Raynor

Finally, scholars were treated to a few songs from country recording artist Corrine Chapman. In addition to her career as a singer/songwriter, Corrine volunteers and shares her talent at numerous Veterans events.

Country Recording Artist Corrine Chapman

Cannon Elementary scholars are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet these real life heroes!

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