Starting in 2013, we began a partnership with the University of Georgia to recognize Georgia's Medal of Honor recipients. Our support for this important event takes place as a part of their annual Veterans Day ceremony at the game closest to the national recognition day.
In 2013 we supported the attendance of Colonel Joe Jackson at the game. Colonel traveled from Washington state to the game and was recognized before the crowd. As always, Colonel Jackson was an outstanding representative for our service men and women, and was the "star of the show" at the game. He was greeted by a much deserved standing ovation when recognized on the field.
Colonel Jackson was in active service during World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He was recognized for his gallantry during the Vietnam War and you can read much more about his heroism by clicking here.
In 2014 we will again help with the program we will sponsor the participation of General James Livingston. General Livingston is one of our Nation's and State's most decorated service members in addition to being a Medal of Honor recipient for gallantry during the Vietnam War. Please read more about General Livingston's background here.
At the end of each school year, the Hilliard A. Wilbanks Foundation recognizes students who receive the Patriot Pride Award with a special gift. This award was conceived after the Hilliard A. Wilbanks Middle School was named for Captain Wilbanks. The students, nominated by their teachers or staff, must exemplify characteristics of courage, sacrifice, and patriotism. It is the school's hope to carry on Captain Wilbanks’ legacy through the lives of these special students.
The interactive book, “America, The Making of a Nation” was chosen to foster patriotism and love of Country. If a student is chosen one year and chosen again in a subsequent year, the Foundation is proud to award United States Flag Windsocks. The Foundation congratulates each student who receives this award.
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