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Superintendents Message

Mr. Kermit Riehle

Great events and memories are happening each week at Edgerton Local Schools, and our 2018 Veterans Day program will be no exception. Every year, as a part of my patriotism and appreciation for the sacrifice of our military serving their country around the world, I commit to reserving a day to honor our Veterans.  On November 9th, beginning at 9am, I have asked retired USMC 1st Lieutenant Patrick Cleburne McClary, to be our honored guest, and to speak to our student body. Honored Edgerton veterans and supporters are also encouraged and invited to attend this event as well.

 During the Vietnam War, Lieutenant McClary served as platoon leader in the First Reconnaissance Battalion.  On the battalion’s 19th patrol, the unit was attacked by the Viet Cong.  Lieutenant McClary was seriously wounded, losing his left arm and left eye, yet he continued to lead his men.  The 34 surgeries and long recovery period that followed could have taken a bitter toll, but he faced his rehabilitation with characteristic determination.  Can a young Marine shattered by the weaponry of modern warfare, rebound and turn personal defeat into personal victory? Today his life shows that he genuinely embodies the vow he took when entering the Marines: Any mission assigned will be accomplished in a superior manner, no matter what the obstacles. In the years since, Lieutenant McClary has become a symbol of courage and hope to many audiences around the world with whom he has shared his story.  Also an author, Lieutenant McClary will have his book, “Living Proof” available for purchase on the 9th as well.

If you are a veteran of the United States military, I would like to officially invite you to this event.  Please consider reserving this date for you and a guest to attend.   Lieutenant McClary will be an inspiration to us all so I look forward to seeing you at the Edgerton High School gymnasium on November 9th, beginning at 9 am.   Please RSVP to 419-298-2112 by October 19th.


Kermit Riehle
Edgerton Local Schools

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