Lakeview Elementary donates $600 for bell tower for Veterans nursing home

Nov 5 2010 - 11:38pm

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Sixth-grader Sheridon Ward holds an American flag during a ceremony honoring veterans at Lakeside Elementary School in West Point on Friday. The students raised money to donate toward the Veterans Tribute Tower that will be dedicated at the George E. Whalen Ogden Veterans Nursing Home on Veterans Day.
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A bell, which will become part of the Veterans Tribute Tower that will be dedicated at the George E. Whalen Ogden Veterans Nursing Home on Veterans Day, was brought to Lakeside Elementary School in West Point for a ceremony honoring veterans on Friday. The students raised money to donate toward the tower on Veterans Day and presented a check during the ceremony Friday.
 at Lakeside Elementary School in West Point on Friday. The students raised money to donate toward the Veterans Tribute Tower that will be dedicated at the George E. Whalen Ogden Veterans Nursing Home on Veterans Day.
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Sixth-grader Sheridon Ward holds an American flag during a ceremony honoring veterans at Lakeside Elementary School in West Point on Friday. The students raised money to donate toward the Veterans Tribute Tower that will be dedicated at the George E. Whalen Ogden Veterans Nursing Home on Veterans Day.
ERIN HOOLEY/Standard-Examiner
A bell, which will become part of the Veterans Tribute Tower that will be dedicated at the George E. Whalen Ogden Veterans Nursing Home on Veterans Day, was brought to Lakeside Elementary School in West Point for a ceremony honoring veterans on Friday. The students raised money to donate toward the tower on Veterans Day and presented a check during the ceremony Friday.
 at Lakeside Elementary School in West Point on Friday. The students raised money to donate toward the Veterans Tribute Tower that will be dedicated at the George E. Whalen Ogden Veterans Nursing Home on Veterans Day.

WEST POINT -- Instead of scampering off to class, students stood still in reverence when this bell was rung.

On Friday morning, Lakeside Elementary School Principal Don Holt presented Utah Veterans Affairs Executive Director Terry Schow with a check for $600 to be used for a bell tower that will sit in front of the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Nursing Home.

Students at the school have spent the last few weeks raising money for the cause by bringing $1.11 and a bell in honor of someone they know who has served in the armed forces.

Judy Lemmons, who sits on the Ogden Veterans Home Advisory Board, said the significance of the $1.11 is a reminder that Veterans Day is on Nov. 11.

Also this week during school, students wore camouflage, yellow, and red, white and blue as a tribute to veterans.

"When we found out about this project we thought it would be a good idea to try and help out a little bit," Holt said. "And we have a significant number of kids associated with Hill Air Force Base out here, as well as other branches of the service, so they have a good idea of what this is all about."

While the tower costs a total of $250,000, every single donation helps, Schow said.

"It takes a lot of folks to raise the money to build this tower," he said. "And every little bit helps."

Lakeside students Willie Nash, Robert Watry, Eric Hansen, Erin Estheimer, Odin Hopkins, Casen Ellison and Alexys Hall were all selected to ring the bell that will eventually be placed in the tower.

The 30-foot tower, constructed of steel with a glossy black and gold-trimmed covering, will rise in front of the flagpoles at the entrance to the nursing home.

Each of the four faces of the tower will display a 2-foot clock emphasizing the tower's theme of "Take Time to Remember."

Schow said his department still needs about $40,000 to cover the full cost of the tower.

"We're getting close," Schow said. "We've been extremely lucky to have so many generous people step up and help us out."

Donors can log on to www.veterans.utah.gov and find a link to an on-line donation form which can be used to purchase the laser-inscribed bricks which will form the plaza of the tower.

The tower will be unveiled at 3 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the nursing home at 1102 N. 1200 West, Ogden.

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