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Record crowd hears Dakota Meyer at LWC Veterans Luncheon

'I see sacrifice, I see commitment among you," he said. "I see that you all stood up in a time of need and you took an oath to defend your freedom and give your life at a moment's notice, just like I did, and for that I thank you.' - DAKOTA MEYER, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, at Lindsey Wilson College, November 9, 2011.
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By Duane Bonifer
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - More than 200 guests attended Lindsey Wilson College's ninth-annual annual Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, held Wednesday afternoon, November 9, 2011, in the Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.


The record crowd heard from Southcentral Kentucky native and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer.

Meyer urged guests to always seize an opportunity.

"It's about what you do tomorrow, it's about what you do today, it's about what opportunities you take that matter," Meyer said.

Meyer, 23, also thanked the older veterans "for my generation."

"I see sacrifice, I see commitment among you," he said. "I see that you all stood up in a time of need and you took an oath to defend your freedom and give your life at a moment notice, just like I did, and for that I thank you."

That's why Meyer said it's important to encourage young people to be patriotic.

Meyer also thanked veterans' family members.

"They sacrifice so much for us while we go through our duty," he said.

Meyer - who has been a popular speaker since receiving the Medal Honor from President Obama on Sept. 15 for his actions during the Battle of Ganigal on Sept. 8, 2009, in Afghanistan - said it was an honor to begin this year's Veterans Day events in Columbia.

"Its not only about being here with the veterans ... but this is my hometown, and I wanted be with my hometown," he said. -DUANE BONIFER.

The writer, Duane Bonifer, is Director of Public Relations at Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY.

This story was posted on 2011-11-10 03:53:36


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Two American heroes: Milton Stephens, Dakota Meyer



2011-11-10 - Roberta Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Two Adair Countians. Two American Heroes Sgt. Dakota Meyer talks Wednesday, November 9, 2011, to fellow veteran and Purple Heart recipient Milton Stephens of Columbia before the ninth-annual Lindsey Wilson College Veterans Appreciation in Lindsey Wilson College's Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. Stephens, an Army veteran, earned two Purple Hearts for his service in Europe during World War II. -DUANE BONIFER

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Dakota Meyer speaks to record LWC Veterans luncheon crowd



2011-11-10 - Roberta Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer addresses more than 200 guests Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at the ninth-annual Lindsey Wilson College Veterans Appreciation in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center.

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Dakota Meyer at Lindsey Wilson College, November 9, 2011



2011-11-10 - Robert Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
"I see sacrifice, I see commitment among you," Sgt. Dakota Meyer, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and Adair Co., KY, native, told a record crowd of over 200 at Lindsey Wilson College's Ninth Annual Veterans' Luncheon on November 9, 2011. "I see that you all stood up in a time of need and you took an oath to defend your freedom and give your life at a moment's notice, just like I did, and for that I thank you,"

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Gene Hoots, World War II veteran, with wife Joyce Hoots



2011-11-10 - Roberta Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Gene Hoots of Columbia, an Army veteran of World War II veteran, and his wife, Joyce, have their picture taken by Air Force veteran Marie Dobbs of Columbia before Wednesday's ninth-annual Lindsey Wilson College Veterans Appreciation in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. -DUANE BONIFER

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Adair County Schools Cheerleaders with Dakota Meyer



2011-11-10 - Robert Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Cheerleaders from Adair County schools pose with Sgt. Dakota Meyer following LWCs ninth-annual Lindsey Wilson College Veterans Appreciation in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. The students served veterans and their guests at the luncheon. The students who assisted, alphabetically, are: From Adair County Elementary School: Grace Ann Antle, Katelyn Cowan, Stevie Keltner, Emily Perkins, Payton Phillips, Emily Pyles, Devin Richard, Sydney Slaven, Breann Stephens and Alayna Willis. From Adair County Middle School: Olivia Bair, Saige Bolin, Kaylee Burton, Alyssa Dell, Natalie Darnell, Kayla Garrison, Chloe Hixson, Hayley Reynolds, Michaela Walker and Chdara Wheat. From John Adair Intermediate School: Alexi Gis, Morgan Harvey and Emily Wall. -DUANE BONIFER

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Vanhattan Homeland Security Class with Dakota Meyer



2011-11-10 - Photo by Duane Bonifer. LWC photo.
Students in Lindsey Wilson College criminal justice instructor Cathy Vannatten's "Homeland Security" class pose with Sgt. Dakota Meyer following LWC's ninth-annual Lindsey Wilson College Veterans Appreciation in Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. The students served veterans and their guests at the luncheon. The students who assisted, alphabetically, are: Micky Andrews of Breeding, KY; Jaireka Barnett of Columbia; Kyle Berry of Elizabethtown, KY; Lee Ann Bottom of Campbellsville, KY; Jordan Dean of Columbia; Jessica Gibson of Columbia; Kierstin Holman of Somerset, KY; Stefani Knight of Columbia; Dalton Morgan of Burkesville, KY; Jenny Parrigin of Albany, KY; Maghan Riggleman of Williamsburg, KY; Haley Rogers of Columbia; Miranda Roy of Russell Springs, KY; Michael Tally of Columbia; Melissa Wheeler of Elizabethtown, KY; Jeff Murphy of Old Hickory, Tenn.; Tiffany Williams of Shawneetown, Ill.; and David Wooldridge of Russell Springs, KY

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