Claremore Daily Progress

November 8, 2012

Westside celebrates Veterans

Students salute those who proudly served

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Westside Elementary honored Veterans Thursday, during its annual assembly. Students honored their family members that served in the military.

Guest Speakers Lieutenant Commander Murry Estabrook and Charlene Dobelbower spoke about what the day means.
“Veterans are your brothers, sisters, moms, dads, aunt and uncles,”  Estabrook said. “They are people that care enough to put themselves on the line for you.”
Dobelbower spoke about her 22 years of service in the U. S. Navy.
She joined as part of the early entry program at 17 and served in two wars, Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.
During her service, she specialized in communication entering in service as a reservist and being called to active duty.
“I was mobilized for two years after 9/11,” Dobelbower said.
Additionally, Dobelbower highlighted the changes that the military has seen concerning the service of women.
“Women have been extremely fortunate with the opportunities and have been accepted in the military,” she said.
The service of women is no longer limited as many serve on the front line next to their male counterparts, she added.
“I would encourage anyone to join the military, it is an amazing experience,” Dobelbower said.
The fifth grade students performed for guest during the event and many Veterans were honored for their service.