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Armstrong Elementary honors veterans

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Veteran Gus Riva of Cottage Grove shares a photo taken shortly after his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps after serving in World War II. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Army Major Noell Racette outfited Armstrong Elementary student Max Kaplan with gear she wore when she served in Iraq. Racette and Seaman E-3 Laura Cloose were the featured speakers at the Nov.

8 Veterans Day observance at the School.

Racette answered questions and told students about serving in Iraq in 2009 as a military intelligence officer.

“If you can take a handful of sand and mix it with talcum powder and take a hair dryer and blow it into your face, that’s what it’s like living in Iraq,” she told the audience. Guests included World War II veteran Gaston “Gus” Riva of Cottage Grove. He served in the Marine Corps.

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William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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