COTTONWOOD Students in Cottonwood received advice from an active duty officer in the United States Navy during a Veterans Day celebration. He offered two tips he said would help them lead successful lives.
“My first piece of advice: I want you to make your bed every morning,” said Chief Petty Officer Donald Curry. “Make your bed every morning with a purpose. Straighten it, crease the corners, bounce a quarter off it.”
He explained how learning to managing this task daily leads them to setting goals and meeting their own expectations.
“These veterans had a purpose,” he said.
Like them, if students learn to make a bed every day they will learn to be a “master of completing your objectives.”
The second piece of advice was to “never ring your bell.”
This refers to the tradition in Navy Seal training where men must ring the bell when they opt not to go forward with training.
“The only person who can tell you ‘you can’t do something’ is you,” Curry said. “Make them tell you ‘no’.”
To meet those challenges, Curry suggested students need to reach out to the mentors available to them. He pointed to the veterans and said parents, teachers and community members are all resources.
“Life is hard. You will face obstacles,” he said.
But regardless of what obstacles you face, through perseverance and leaning on your resources, students will be prepared.
“As the Seabees will tell you, ‘the difficult I can do, it’s the impossible that takes a little longer,” Curry said.
About 150 to 200 students and community members attended the Veteran’s Day celebration Friday morning, Nov. 11, at Prairie High School gymnasium.
Todd Ott, PHS student body president, emceed the event and thanked the community for showing up to honor former service members.
“They put their lives on the line. They deserve our utmost respect,” he said.
He then read a list of the roughly 40 veterans who attended the event. Anna Everson, seventh-grade student, then offered a rousing rendition of our national anthem.
Fourteen quilts of valor were presented during the ceremony. Recipients were: John Remacle, Richard Currin, Cliff Bruegeman, Doug Clark, Buddy Hood, Mick Forsman, David and Glenda Snodgrass, Andy Uhlorn, Bob Daly, Don Munkers, Norman Meyers, Max Nuxoll and Owen Roberts.
Most recipients served in the U.S. Army, a few were Navy veterans and one was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.