“In my generation — the Vietnam generation — we were spit on and called baby killers,” he said.
Thelma Conrad, executive director of the Cass County Historical Society, was the event’s keynote speaker. Her address told a chronological story of women in the military, from women involved in armed conflict during the country’s pioneer days to the U.S. Defense Department’s rescinding of the combat exclusion rule in January.
Conrad spoke of the military room at the historical society’s museum and how excited kids get when the room’s contents inspire them to talk about their relatives’ military service.
“It’s fun to see how excited they get,” she said, adding she feels their emotions help uphold the preservation of military appreciation.
All of the funds raised at the gala will go toward the exploration of a veterans park in Cass County.
Bob Vernon, a Cass County Rooster member, said he’s noticed turnouts decrease in recent years and encourages anyone with suggestions on how to bring out more people.
Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him: @PharosMAK