To the editor,

To Ms. Malecha and School Staff and Students:

On April 9 at Christ the King Church, my family and I celebrated my father’s life at his funeral. While it was a beautiful service, by far the most touching part was stepping outside the church, looking across the field and seeing all of the playground kids standing at attention, respectfully awaiting my dad’s military honors and 21-gun salute. Many kids were saluting as they stood perfectly still. 

We appreciate the teachers and staff who instructed the kids about the meaning of military honors, and I hope they understand how their choice to show respect made a sad day a little brighter.

Please share this letter with your students and let them know how much we appreciate them and all they did for us on my dad’s celebration of life.

Emilie (Terhaar) Ficek and the 

Earl Terhaar Family

Helen Terhaar, wife of Earl

Children: Ed Terhaar, Marie (Terhaar) Miller, 

Emilie (Terhaar) Ficek

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