From the Fayette County Union Newspaper:
GUEST SPEAKER – State Representative Andrew Wenthe of Hawkeye stands alongside the Veterans Memorial in Fayette. Wenthe has been named the guest speaker for the 45th Annual North Fayette Veterans Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The program is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. in the North Fayette Performing Arts and Education Center in West Union.
Wenthe to speak at 45th annual North Fayette Veterans Day progam
By Mike Van Sickle
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
State Representative Andrew Wenthe will be the guest speaker during the 45th Annual North Fayette Veterans Day program on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
A 1996 North Fayette graduate, this will actually be the second time Wenthe has spoken at the program, which has been recognized statewide over the past four decades.
“It is a tremendous tradition, and I am happy to be a part of it again,” said Wenthe, who last spoke at the program as a high school senior. “I remember sensing (as a senior speaker) how appreciative our veterans are for the school program. North Fayette’s administration, faculty and staff deserve a lot of credit and appreciation for continuing this tradition for so long, and I hope it continues for a long time.”
While not a veteran himself, Wenthe’s father, Wayne, served in the U.S. Army and spent time in Vietnam in 1968-69. In addition, his grandfather Pete Conroy was in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II.
“I was very honored to be asked to speak at this year’s Veterans Day program,” said Wenthe. “However, as I felt when asked to give the Memorial Day address in Hawkeye earlier this year, I do feel a certain degree of humility in being asked to play this role.
“My resume doesn’t stack up to the heroes that I remember who spoke at the Veterans Day ceremonies when I was in high school,” he explained. “But, at the same time, I do think I can send an important message to students at North Fayette: We can’t all be heroes, but at the very least we can pay the deserved respect and admiration to those who have served our country by recognizing the sacrifices they have made.”
The 2007 North Fayette Veterans Day program guest speaker will talk about what those who are not veterans or servicemen/servicewomen can do to support and honor those who serve(d). In addition, Wenthe will discuss what the state of Iowa is doing to provide support to veterans and their families.
Wenthe also expresses his great admiration for those currently serving in the nation’s Armed Forces.
“I have friends, former classmates, and colleagues who are serving, and I hope and pray they all complete their service safely,” he noted.
“Veterans Day is a special day to remember that a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice has preserved the liberties and freedoms that we all enjoy, and often take for granted, in the United States,” he added. “It is a day to commemorate all those brave individuals who fought, and continue to fight, for the things that truly matter most to us as Americans.”
The 2007 North Fayette Veterans Day program is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. In addition to Wenthe and North Fayette senior speakers, the school’s choir and band will perform patriotic music during the program in the North Fayette Performing Arts and Education Center.