Rogers elementary students celebrate veterans

Posted: November 11, 2017 at 1 a.m.

E.S. Lawbaugh of Fayetteville (left), Marine Corps veteran, and Army veteran Lucion Cowart of Rogers chat Friday at a Veterans Day performance by students at Westside Elementary School in Rogers. Lawbaugh was keynote speaker at the event. Students sang patriotic songs under the direction of music teacher Pamela Pittman and heard video remarks from veterans.

ROGERS -- Westside Elementary School students had a chance to get to know some Northwest Arkansas veterans before paying tribute to them during a Veterans Day program Friday.

Westside second-graders sing a patriotic song Friday during the school’s Veterans Day program at the Rogers school. Students performed songs and heard...

Pamela Pittman, Westside music teacher, directs students Friday during a patriotic song performance.

Lt. Col. E.S. (Vess) Lawbaugh

Vess Lawbaugh, guest speaker at Westside Elementary School’s Veterans Day program on Friday, joined the Marine Corps after college. He served two tours in the Vietnam War. While serving as company commander he was wounded in action on Aug. 12, 1969; he spent four months in a hospital in Guam before returning to duty. After retiring from the Marine Corps he went on to be a teacher, a college administrator and a lawyer. He was inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame in 2013.

Source: Staff Report

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