Sadly Bob passed away in June at the age of 87. His remaining siblings, Maxine Beebe, Judy Fjellman and Jan Lind-Sherman returned last week to Meridian where they had also graduated many years before. At the 2013 Veteran’s Day Assembly, they expressed their appreciation to the school by presenting the library with three large, inscribed coffee table books about the marines, WWII and an atlas about war from antiquity to the present day. It is important here to recognize the students of Meridian, whose amazingly respectful and polite behavior, shows us the future of our country is in good hands.
Getting back to Bob, like most veterans who saw active duty in war torn areas, he did not talk about his experiences. We can only imagine how horrible and life changing those experiences were. So for him, and the hundreds of thousands of others who fought, died and were forever altered, I say a heartfelt thanks on Veteran's Day, 2013. The following quotation by Lane Evans best expresses my feelings.