Article: Names of veterans to be read in park

The Edwardsville Intelligencer did an article on our Veterans Day Reading event in their town. This event will be held Sunday at the Edwardsville City Park by the Ryan Garbs Gold Star Memorial at noon come rain or shine. Below is small excerpt of the article, to read the full article please click here.

Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, a special day that honors those who have served in the military. On Veterans Day, there are numerous events scheduled all over the country for people to come out and honor veterans. Kent Maedge wants to invite people out to Edwardsville City Park on Veterans Day to help him read the names of about 1,800 veterans who have died in the line of duty.

The event is among 150 being staged taking place around the country where people will read all of the names of veterans who have died in all the conflicts throughout American history.

The project was started by James Sperry and Eric Calley, former Marines. Sperry and Calley met at a Midwest Marines Foundation FOCUS class.

“So when they sent me down to the class, I was an alcoholic by trait. I showed up there drunk from the airport. Next thing you know six days there did what six years with the VA couldn’t do for me, with the transitioning and trying to get me some help,” said Calley. “It helped me deal with some of those things. James was team leader, a guy that was sitting at my table who has been through the program a few times and was asked to come help out because he has helped out a lot of Marines. Next thing you know he called me up three weeks later, after the course and asked me to join his team and start The Fight Continues.”

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