By Allison Collins
SIDNEY – With the backing of founding members and officers of the Sidney Veterans Memorial Park Association, one local woman has been working to make remembering yesterday’s soldiers a part of Sidney’s future. Tigi Armour, a Sidney Rotarian and former longtime teacher in the Sidney Central School District, took up the cause of integrating area youth into the goings on at SVMP roughly two months ago.
Concentrating on fourth graders in particular, Armour joined forces with Lt. Col. Paul Beames (retired), Sgt. Tom Ruff (retired) and Sgt. Steve Anderson (retired) of the SVMPA, and set in motion an event the group hopes will become an annual fixture amongst the community’s youth.
Though the culmination of the group’s efforts will come Friday, June 2 with two presentations and tours of the SVMP, Armour, Beames, Ruff and Anderson met with Sidney fourth graders on Wednesday, May 17 for a pre-presentation lesson on the significance of the memorial park and, more broadly, the significance of American service and remembrance therein.
“We want to teach you to appreciate the men and women who have served our country in wartime and in peace,” said Armour to the students. “It’s your park too and someday you will be the custodians of the park. It’s important that you get to know that.”
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