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Hundreds of flags fly in LCO "Field of Honor" for mentors and veterans
The LCO Boys and Girls Club is showing appreciation this week to veterans and youth mentors with a “Field of Honor”. Jessica Hamilton reports.
The field is lined with 500 U.S. Flags and 125 tribal flags set the stage for this year’s “Field of Honor”.
Lac Courte Oreilles Boys and Girls Club Director Karen Harden says this isn’t the first year they have had the field but it is the first time they are recognizing mentors in the community along with veterans. Children from Hayward, Winter and the LCO schools will put together a program to honor them.
“They’ll be doing singing and drumming and then we have kind of a special surprise for all the veterans. Yeah, I think it’s going to be extremely inspiring.”
Harden says there will be 10 mentors along with the veterans attending the ceremony. Hayward Assistant Police Chief Craig Faulstich is one of them. Faulstich says being in law enforcement, he deals with adults and youth daily in a bad situations, sometimes criminal, but he hopes mentoring will change that pattern.
“The way to a help curb drug abuse, crime in general, things like that is to educate our youth. To give them better opportunities to give them better tools, to make good things happen in their life and not resort to crime or to drugs.”
Faulstich was a D.A.R.E. program officer for eight years and has been active in other mentoring programs including a current program that educates children about prescription medication abuse and synthetic drugs.
Sawyer County Sheriff Mark Kelsey nominated Faulstich because of his work with children and also adults in the community. He says some of the kids that were in Faulstich’s D.A.R.E. program are now police officers that he still mentors.
“You know a lot of times, people’s work, not that it going unnoticed because it certainly is noticed, but sometimes it goes unrecognized and it’s just nice to have some sort of recognition for those people have been so dedicated to our community, and our kids and in this case law enforcement like Craig is.”
Harden says people who visit the field of flags get a different perspective.
“When you go there and you stand in the middle of that many flags, it’s just like 'Whoa'. The feeling is, I mean people come and visit the field and they leave completely moved, if not sometimes crying.”
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