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Despite the Coronavirus, Melanie Cox didn’t let Memorial Day go by without saluting the American soldiers

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The days of the Coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll, and Memorial Day has been no exception.

But Melanie Cox, for the 41st straight year, was there to play her silver trumpet at Prarie Lawn Cemetery playing the National Anthem and Taps. The Wellington American Legion #90 Rifling squad was also there to give the gun salute. And in the end those who were in attendance did what they always did – salute the American soldiers, who fought to make us free.

“People who have served our country, have paid the ultimate sacrifice and I can’t imagine not doing the service today,” Cox said. “It isn’t just those who lost their lives on the battlefield, but those who came back with the post-stress disorder.”

The service was abbreviated, without the featured speaker, the boy scouts raising of the flags, and the ringing of the bell to mark every American conflict. Prairie Lawn Cemetery was without the Avenue of the Flags for the first time since its inception.

Crusader Wall of Recognition seeking nominations

The Wellington Crusader Wall of Recognition is seeking nominations for the Crusader Wall of Recognition. The Crusader Wall of Recognition was established to honor a culture and tradition of excellence and high achievement by recognition of outstanding Wellington High School Alumni and contributors.

It also serves to inspire current and future Crusaders to lead their lives in a way that will perpetuate the standards of excellence and high achievement the honorees have set forth. The Crusader Wall of Recognition was implemented in 2012 with a total of 20 inductees to date.

It is easy to submit a nomination. Eligibility Requirements and the Nomination Form are available online here.

JP BUELLESFELD – WALL OF RECOGNITION RECIPIENT – 2012

JP Buellesfeld is a 1983 Wellington High School graduate and in 2012 was inducted into the Crusader Wall of Recognition. JP received his bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1984 at age 19.

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