EPC donates to Wounded Warrior Project for Veterans Day

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Jim Duffel speaks to veterans and students in the EPC High School gym during the school's Veterans Day ceremony. (DT Photo/Corey Clairday)

Students at EPC spent the week before Veterans Day holding bake sales, selling stickers, and making classroom donations to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. During the school's Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, teacher Jennifer Fithen announced that students had raised $1,500 and the school had been designated as student ambassadors of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The goals of the Wounded Warrior Project are to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured military service members, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide programs and services to meet the needs of any service member who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.

During EPC's Veterans Day Ceremony, students heard from several speakers, including Jim Duffel and students Hannah Hale and Chris Thompson.

"Why do we do this?" Duffel said. "Freedom. It is the most expensive thing that you have, but you didn't pay for it." Duffle told students the liberty they enjoy includes three areas of responsibility: taking responsibility for their future, caring more about the people around them, and being grateful.

Students then presented a wreath to the American Legion Hut, accepted by Mayor Steve Jernigan on the Legion's behalf. Following the ceremony, veterans were invited to lunch in the cafeteria.

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