"I sent American troops to Iraq to make its people free, not to make them American. Iraqis will write their own history and find their own way."

George W. Bush

Iraq War

Under the pretext of W.M.D.'s in Iraq, George Bush, the United States Congress, and a majority of the American Public sent young Men and Women of the United States Military to topple the regime of Sadaam Hussein. The debate rages as to whether the military actions in Iraq were justifiable, necessary, or prudent. That debate will most probably continue for many decades.

What can't be debated is that young Men and Women, some of them Lincoln High students, were lost while doing the job they so dutifully volunteered for. Regardles of your belief as to the value of the Iraq War, do not let that interfere with your connection, and the debt, that you share with and owe to these fine Men and Women.

A photo O Garrison AveryGARRISON AVERY

1LT Garrison C. Avery, 23, died on February 1, 2006, in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. Lieutenant Avery was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. As a junior at West Point, he formed a nonprofit organization he called Light by Morning to fulfill his dream of helping Iraqi orphans. After graduating from West Point, he underwent Army Ranger and sapper training and received various honors. He is survived by his wife of seven months, his parents, two brothers, and a sister. Garrison is buried at West Point Military Academy in section XXXVI, row B, grave 064D of the West Point Cemetery.

Garrison's Mother is an educator at Lincoln High. She has left a eulogy for Garrison on our "Stories". At that site you will also find a link to the West Point Military wesite where you may read over 70 personal eulogies from friends and fellow cadets.


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Marine Lance Cpl. Michael D. Scholls, 21, of Lincoln, NE; assigned to the 2nd Battallion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii; died November 14th, 2006, from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq. He is the son of Debora and Jack Chandler of Lincoln and Steven and Donna Scholl of Friend. Michael Scholl lived in Burwell and Crete when he was young but grew up in Lincoln. He graduated from Lincoln High in 2002 and became a Marine in 2003. He is survived by his parents and wife, Melissa and daughter Addisson Rose.

Visit the "Stories" page to read some great articles and eulogies for Michael D. Scholl.