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Kelsi Anne Walker wows the crowd at HonorGuard Fundraiser
By: Sue Buley, School Admin., Adair YDC
Kelsi Anne Walker, the nine year old daughter of John and Brooke Walker was one of the honored speakers at the fundraiser for the newly formed Russell Co. HonorGuard on Saturday April 25, 2015. Members from Columbia VFW Post 6097 and Russell Springs DAV Chapter 5 were also included in the fundraiser. There is a very touching story in how Kelsi came to be one of the honored speakers. It goes as follows: (story continues...)
One morning, Kelsi got up to get ready for school, but she had a letter that was addressed to "Army" that she wanted to mail. She had written the letter while alone in her room, supposedly sleeping. Her parents did not know she had written the letter until they opened the envelope to read it. They told her that she just couldn't write the word "Army" on an envelope with no address, but Kelsi was insistent so they just let her have a stamp and she mailed it. It was not a surprise, when the letter was returned with "insufficient address "stamped on the envelope. She was so disappointed.
To make a long story short, word got around about this letter from a little nine year old girl, who is a student at ACES. Military officials who are acquainted with people who know the Walkers' were sent a copy of the letter. We know copies of the letter have made it as far as Texas where it is to be given to soldiers.
She was asked to read her letter at the HonorGuard fundraiser where Senator Wise, former Senator McGaha, as well as other dignitaries attended. She stood before the crowd of people and spoke with confidence; almost like she did this sort of thing everyday. After her letter was read, and a few teary eyes wiped, she received a standing ovation.
When Senator Max Wise stood to speak after her, he told Kelsi that if she ran for office in about 20 years, she had his vote! What a wonderful compliment for such a young girl to have as a memory. Thank you Kelsi Anne Walker! You have made your family, friends, and Adair County proud to call you ours!
This story was posted on 2015-04-28 11:46:52
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