November is Hope for Heroes month, and chapters across the nation are hosting projects to celebrate our active military, veterans and their families. Our incredible Sigma Chi chapter from Inola, Oklahoma recently commemorated the heroes of our nation with a Hope for Heroes Celebration.
Sigma Chi has partnered with the Inola Elementary School for the last five years for this event. This Veterans day celebration is an incredible way for children, families, friends and supporters of our troops to congregate in remembrance, celebration and unity.
For the event, Sigma Chi provides the elementary students with little American flags to use in their programs. For the parents, grandparents and other attendees of the event, the chapter hand makes yellow ribbons for them to wear with pride. This year, the chapter made over 450 ribbons and ran out! To say the least, this year's Hope for Heroes Celebration was a success!
The children of the school gave a presentation for the event which included rolling out an American flag they all gathered around. There was also a speech given by chapter member Rosalie Griffith. It was "a very moving speech to honor all the veterans and soldiers" President of Sigma Chi, Judy Cravens said.
Rosalie's speech was filled with warm, loving sentiment for those in attendance and those in remembrance. "Our gathering is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation today and every day. It is not a lot, but it's one small way we can honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom."
"Our hearts were so proud of out great country and the men that keep us safe. What a great day it was!" Judy said.
From left to right: Sgt. 1st Class, Eugene Krause, recipient of the Bronze Star and Judy Cravens
From left to right: Judy Cravens, Kay Ingersoll, Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Krause, another awesome soldier, Sue Knight, Peggy Sprinkle, Rosalie Griffith
Fourth grade student presentation