After a successful scholarship auction on Dec. 12, made possible by the support of this community, Wednesday the 16th was a day full of community contributions for the Eagle Point FFA chapter. A Christmas tree, purchased by Dan and Pudge Frost and several poinsettias from the FFA, were delivered to the Eagle Point Senior Center for community members to enjoy.
The next stop for the afternoon was a wreath laying ceremony at the covered bridge to honor our veterans. Seven wreaths, handmade by EPHS Agriculture students were presented for display. EP FFA members Emily Dulany, Clinton North, and Tasha Risley laid them next to flags, some representing branches of the military. Helen Wolgamott, the chair of the Avenue of Flags described the event. “This is a thank you to our veterans. They have sacrificed so much for us. The more we thank them, the better,” said Ms. Wolgamott. Before the ceremony began, Charlotte Hoppe, chair of Eagle Point Parks and Recreation, said it was “fortunate to have something to honor veterans here. We owe it to them, and it’s the least we can do. They have given us so much.”
The ceremony started with a prayer from Jerry Zieman, chaplain of VFW Post 6182. Darryl Ferrell, retired director of Eagle Point National Cemetery, was the speaker and briefly touched on each of the nation’s wars, commemorating veterans and recalling events, remembering the services each vet has given and reminding what we have because of them. A thank you was given by former Marine and war veteran, Hank Rademacher.
After the FFA members placed the wreaths, it was off to the children’s ward of Rogue Valley Medical Center to deliver a tree purchased at the auction by Stan and Terry Deupree and donated specifically for this purpose. It’s a chance to brighten the experience of being in the hospital, especially at this time of the year.
“It’s always a touching experience to do things that honor our heroes and brighten the holidays for kids who need it. Our community is so supportive of us and what we do for our members. It’s an absolute honor to give back.”
By Tasha Risley,
Eagle Point FFA