Mac student to thank vets
April 24, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, IL – MacMurray student Meghan Elizabeth Fornecker wants to give a “Long Overdue Thank You” to veterans for their service to the United States, and she’s asking residents of Jacksonville and the surrounding area to help.
She and fellow classmates will be at the corner of Clay and College avenues on 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 with a large role of paper on which community members can sign their names or write their thank-yous to the troops. If she gets enough signatures, Fornecker plans to reproduce the final “thank-you” roll and send it to veterans’ organizations in the area to remind the troops that they have the support of their community, that they are continually loved, and that they are never forgotten.
“I grew up in a military family, I married into the military then I joined it myself,” said Fornecker. “They are willing to give up their lives not only for friends and family, but for people they do not even know. They deserve to know that people are still grateful and are still thinking about them.”
She and her husband, Michael Forenecker, a Beardstown native and also a veteran, talked several times about doing some sort of thank you to their fellow comrades, but the proper situation hadn’t come up. Originally, she wanted to do a thank-you from MacMurray students, faculty and staff, and she will be soliciting thank-yous from MacMurray, but after discussing the idea with her writing instructor and the members of her Rhetoric 101 class, they suggested getting community support as well.
“The ‘Long Overdue Thank You’ is a meaningful gesture that contains the possibility to be the most monumental, collective expression of appreciation toward veterans,” said her writing instructor, Ashley Green, a visiting professor with MacMurray.
Fornecker, a Jacksonville resident and the daughter of Terri and Tracey Demoss of Shawnee, OK, is a freshman at MacMurray planning on entering the College’s nursing program.