Special 8-page veterans section added this week

By on May 23, 2012

For several weeks now, we have been asking you to send us your photos of veterans past and present.

The response was overwhelming.

Somehow we were able to fit it all into a special full-color, eight-page, third section in this week’s Record.

This section officially kicks-off our salute to you the reader, which is the "All About You" campaign publicized over the past few weeks. We start by saluting, honoring and remembering, some of our finest friends and neighbors in this Memorial Day edition.

The population of Lititz is rich with veterans who have protected this country during war and times of peace. Local men and women have fought for the American ideal of freedom since the Revolution.

In this special commemorative section, we salute local veterans through photos and information submitted by you, the community. With Memorial Day just a few days away, we find ourselves thinking about our neighbors, past and present, who gave their lives for this country. In this special section, we honor those heroes, along with veterans honored with your submissions.

We received nearly 150 photos from readers, going back as far as the Civil War, as current as our soldiers in Afghanistan, and many of our military moments in between. WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam are all represented here.

Some readers sent in a full family history. Others submitted a sentence or two. We hope we represented all with honor and respect.

This section does not cover every Lititz area veteran, but those featured here represent our community and its commitment to this country. Thank you for participating in our project. More importantly, thank you, our veterans, for all you have sacrificed on our behalf.

In coming months, the "All About You" monthly feature will switch to different themes and different approaches.

We will once again provide the space in our print editions for your photographs, but not only will you be able to showcase and honor friends and family members — we are also looking for the best photographers. A monthly $25 gift certificate will be awarded to the top photo for that month’s theme. Coming up in June, we are looking for year-end school activity photos, past and present–proms, graduation parties, senior activity days, awards and special commencement moments, such as a warm hug between mom and daughter on the big night.

There will also be weekly prizes awarded in related promotion (see sidebar article and ad on page A-4), as well as a Weber gas grill at the end of the contest.

As we said last month, e-mailed photos (attached JPEGS are best) are preferred but we will accept quality prints as well. Please provide a brief description of the photo as well and photographer’s name. Photos can be sent to sseeber.eph@lnpnews.com or brought in to 1 East Main Street, Ephrata. Photos can be picked up following publication. If you prefer to have your photo scanned while you wait, that opportunity will be available on Monday, June 18 from 8 a.m. to noon only. If you have any questions, e-mail or call 717-721-4421.

Thanks and remember, "It’s All About You!" More SECTION, page A14