Lots of hard work in a short time resulted in this patriotic tribute, just in time for the 2013 New York City Veterans Day Parade last month.
The 1984 Corvette had belonged to a Korean War veteran, whose wife donated it after he recently passed away to the Cpl. David W. Leonard K.I.A. War Memorial Museum in Godeffroy, N.Y.
The donation set in motion a flurry of activity starting in September when Marine Staff Sgt. Julius “Sarge” Leonard asked the Auto Body Class at the Career & Technical Education Center at Sullivan BOCES to restore the Corvette, hopefully in time for the annual parade in New York City.
Thanks to parts and materials donated by various individuals and organizations, the class was able to start work immediately and get the car done in time.
“Working with these students has been one of my greatest experiences,” Leonard said.
The students felt the same way. “Giving back to everyone who serves is a great honor,” said James Terpstra, a senior at Sullivan West who plans to enlist in the Marines after completing his high school education. “We will take great pride to see what people think of the car.”
The Corvette was repainted white with an American flag banner down the sides. The students also wanted to honor veterans in their community and added the names of Sullivan County soldiers killed in action in the wars since World War I to the hood, including CPT Harold Faldermeyer, Spec. James Muller, Cpl. Robert Johnson, PFC Jason Kropat, Lance Cpl. William Yaskanich, 1st Lt. John Crawford, PRC Jerry Evans, Sgt. Lewis Lorio, Spec. Michael Galbraith, PFC Frank Stokes, PFC Anthony Kaiser, and 1st. Lt. Baldomero Lopez.
The Sullivan County Board of Cooperative Educational Services is one of 37 BOCES established across New York. They exist to help school districts and communities by providing shared services that will increase student performance, by providing economic solutions for school districts, and ultimately, by creating a positive impact on the people and communities of Sullivan County.
The Sullivan BOCES boasts an extensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program which provides high school students with pre-professional and vocational training in a variety of 21st century career areas including health, technology, environment, and various trades.
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