Sometimes, I am surprised by how some of the stories we write in this industry can stick with you and become almost synonymous with you. I had one of those moments come up just this past week while writing a story about a local veteran.
It all started last week when I was asked to write a story for Veteran’s Day for our weekend edition. In previous years, I’ve written several profiles on area vets so it seemed like a natural fit, and it’s something I’ve enjoyed in the past. It is always a learning experience for me.
With these stories you have a chance to get a firsthand account of world history that only those on the ground can tell. As a student of history, I’ve always taken something from these interactions, and I feel like I’ve always gained something from it, be it knowledge or insight and understanding.
With this year’s profile, I spoke to the chaplain for the Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter in Sherman. During our talks, we covered both his service while enlisted and since he has returned to civilian life. We sat for just over an hour, and at the end, I felt like I could ask a million more questions if he and I had more time.
What I didn’t expect following that story was the response from groups in the community. Since the story was published, I received calls from three groups, who were inviting me to cover events that they were hosting, either related to, or in benefit of, area veterans.
We received several other calls of other events, that I can’t help but wonder if were in response to the story.
Happy birthday Wednesday to Kristy Pambou of Anna; Shirley Stratt and Peggy Ellis, both of Sherman; Gene Reed of Gunter; Jim Lacy of Oklahoma City; and Jerry Cannon of Whitesboro.
Happy anniversary Wednesday to Eddie and Jean Savage of Denison, 60 years.