Page 6A THE BEACON January 2020 Area first-grade students recently wrote to Jolly Old St. Nick about their holiday wishes. We thought you might enjoy reading some of their letters. Dear Sentu, Hi! My name is Cali. Haw mene rain Deer do you rele have? Whie did you make 1 uf my cucis in to a c? I like to sing so can I have a frosin mikrfon? Love, Cali Lannan Dear Santu, Hi! My Name is Beckham. How R your lvz? I wut a mnene dozr. Love, Beckham Ross Dear Santu, Haw are you?! My name is Olivia. Do your Randere rily fli? I wood like an Amarukin grll doll food truk and iskrem truk. Oh and wold you like sumthin? I wold be happy to give you sumthing. Love, Olivia Allison Credibility • Advocacy • Education • Visibility What Can The Chamber Do For You? Just Ask! 812-537-0814 www.dearborncountychamber.org D ear S anta Dear Santu, Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Emmett. Hi! May name is Audrey. Haw or yur randers doing? I How are you? I whold like wut a quod. slime. Luv, Emmett Love, Audrey Roessler Dear Satu, Haw are you? I am Ben. Wut are you rades nams? I wunt anuthr legoset. Love, Ben Satchwill Dear Satu, Hello? My name is Colton. How aer the ran deer? Can I have a hvr bord? Love, Colton Wanamaker Dear Satu, Hi! My nam is Lane. Ho my elfs do you have? Can I plez have a ranedeer and can I have a drcbic? Love, Lane Witte Dear Sante, Hello! My name is Lucy. You are gowin to love your mik and cuces. Can I pues haf 2 macan grll dolls? Love, Lucy Yeary Dear Sata, Haw ar you? My nam is Ava. Did you like my cesces? I rile ned a jen jacit and princ ceraij. Love, Ava Snyder Dear Santa, I have been good this year. What would you like For Christmas? I wut a brby. Love, Lyla Dear Santa, Hi! My name is William. Do you like my kukes? Can you get me a huv r bord? Love, William Gibson Dear Santa, Hello! My name is Gabe. Did you like my milk and cookies? And can I have a PS4 for cristmas and art lessons? Love, Gabe Cole Dear Santa, I have been great this year! what Kind of cookie do you like best For Christmas I wou like LoL dolls. Thanks! Love, Ivy Dear santa, I have been good this year wut Do yoow lfs do at nit For Christmas I would like minBrow. Love, Jesse Dear santa I have been good this year! I want a rel hamstr and supris me. Love, Cooper Dear Satnta, I have been good this year Wut do you wunt for Christmas? Wut I wnt is instrmins and mowr macup can you do that for me? Love, Chloe Dear Santa, I have been good this year! I would like a drmp bike plese plese? and a hundred dolrs please? Love, Luke Dear Santa. I have been good. Would you give me my mom and dad play stashin 4 us thanks! Love, Blake Dear Santa, I have been good this year but what I would like four Christmas is an amarkin girl doll icmcreem truk and comper. Love, Elle Dear Santa, I have bin good This year. What Kind of cookies do you like? I would like LoLs. Love, Emalyn Twenty-five Years of Bringing our Community and Businesses Together.
January 2020 THE BEACON Page 7A Memories and Memorobilia Displayed from World War I and II By Katie Ulrich In this time in which we live, it’s easy to take for granted the convenience of our daily lives and the sheer amount of goods that we have available to us at all times. On days such as Veteran’s Day, we are reminded to reflect on what was lost. The sacrifices made by those who devoted themselves to the betterment of our country. Their sacrifices have allowed us to enjoy this prosperity today. Thinking of World War I and II as far away, long gone wars is pretty easy. They were wars that didn’t involve the Midwest, far from the cities in which we live. But draftees and volunteers came from every corner of our nation. Every community in the country lost sons and daughters to the war effort. Local veterans Tom Savage and Eric Smith set up a display of World War memorabilia in the Lawrenceburg American Legion for Veteran’s Day weekend. This memorabilia was available to the public and was toured by local school kids. While Tom Savage was drafted right after the building of the Berlin wall (finishing basic training in January of 1962), he also remembers his father’s service in World War I. Neal Savage served from 1917-1919. He passed on several items from his time of service to Tom, including a poster that had been given to new recruits right out of basic training. The poster listed people in the company, including Mr. Savage, who was a bugler. Tom’s father also left a helmet that Tom remembers playing with as a kid. “We probably gave it more dents than he did.” The helmet has a red diamond on the front, representing the Sixth Infantry Division. This division was also known as the “Sight-seeing Sixth” because they marched more than any other division. Among other mementos, Mr. Savage has a metal cup that was engraved by Jack Cyrus, a soldier who served with his father. It features a detailed eagle, as well as the names Jack Cyrus and Neal Savage and their dates of service. This engraving was Trench art created by Jack Cyrus while in the trenches during WWI. done while Mr. Cyrus and Mr. Savage were in the trenches waiting for a battle to start. Engravings such as this are known as “trench art.” Tom Savage’s brother, Frank, served during World War II as a radioman on the USS Springfield. During the war, the USS Springfield narrowly avoided a kamikaze attack, the plane instead crashing a mere fifty feet away. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the USS Springfield’s career was in carrying President Roosevelt on his journey to the Malta Conference. Frank Savage lent a medical storage box from the war for the display, lid open and entirely empty. The ship on which the medical box was found was the Tachibana Maru, a Japanese hospital ship. When caught by the U.S. Navy, The Tachibana Maru was filled with smuggled weapons and Japanese soldiers. These soldiers had bandages but, upon inspection, were found to be entirely uninjured. The elaborate ruse was done in order to transport able-bodied soldiers to front lines. Frank Savage found the medical box, full of medical instruments, on the Tachibana Maru and hid it. He returned later to find it completely picked clean. Frank is now in his nineties and had a medal of valor presented to him at a luncheon on Veteran’s Day weekend. Eric Smith has been collecting war memorabilia for as long as he can remember, as early as the age of six The Greendale Veterans Memorial was dedicated to veterans, firefighters, EMS, and police officers during the weekend of Veterans Day. Frank Savage’s map from his years of service. Photos by Katie Ulrich when relatives began passing items on to him. Eric had six uncles and three great uncles who served in World War II. Over the years, Mr. Smith’s collection has become extensive. Eric grew up in Bright, surrounded by many World War veterans. He recalls his childhood, “While other kids were playing baseball, I was an Army nut.” Eric enlisted in the Army at age seventeen, with his father’s signature of permission. He arrived in Vietnam in January 1971 at just nineteen years old. Eric served in the Army for over twenty years and as a Green Beret for seventeen years, teaching people how to use all kinds of weapons. Mr. Smith helped establish the American Legion post in Bright and serves as the Sergeant at Arms. Although this was a first-time event in Lawrenceburg, he regularly sets up World War displays with the memorabilia he owns. In tandem with the Lawrenceburg display, Greendale dedicated a new memorial for The medical storage box found empty by Frank Savage. 215 E. Broadway St, P.O. Box 513 Harrison, Ohio 45030 (513)367-4545 Fax: (513)367-4546 www.jackmanhensley.com We believe in going beyond what is expected to offer each family a caring compassionate service for an affordable price. 215 E. Broadway St, P.O. Box 513 Harrison, Ohio 45030 (513)367-4545 Fax: (513)367-4546 www.jackmanhensley.com Uniforms displayed at the Lawrenceburg American Legion Exhibit. veterans, firefighters, EMS, and police officers. Through the recognition of the sacrifices of these men and women, we are reminded of the prosperous lives we have today. “Providing funerals and cremations with dignity and compassion.” Sign up for Spring classes starting January 13th! Come to the Lawrenceburg Express Enrollment Center to get started! Lawrenceburg Express Enrollment Center (812) 537-4010 50 Walnut Street Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 SHOP LOCAL and tell our advertisers you saw them in The BEACON!