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|Carl Sandburg College Honors Fallen Soldier
|FIRST REPORTED AT 9:00 A-M, 4/29/2010 A Carl Sandburg College graduate who died in the line of duty is being honored by the college.
CSC celebrated high achieving students in academic areas, athletics and leadership for the current academic year during the annual Recognition and Awards Assembly held Wednesday on the college campus.
Army Specialist Christoper Talbert, who was killed in action in Afghanistan last July at the age of 24 while serving with the Illinois National Guard, was among those honored during the assembly. Carl Sandburg College President Tom Schmidt said Talbert began his studies at CSC in the fall of 2002 until the spring of 2008, completing his training in the EMT and Nursing Aid program.
Schmidt said Talbert served as the ultimate volunteer and provided the ultimate sacrifice. Talbert, Schmidt said, epitomized the definition of a volunteer: a person who performs or gives services of his own free will.
"When we think of the world that we live in today, a world that is challenged, in terms of the liberties that we enjoy, challenges to our freedom, it is certainly time for a new generation of Americans - among them Christopher Talbert - to embrace the responsibilities of leadership through volunteerism."
Schmidt said Talbert's life, in part, served a purpose of keeping the United States as a beacon of freedom and liberty. He then called for a moment of silence before presenting the fallen soldier's parents, Terry and Amanda Talbert, with a certificate of remembrance on behalf of the college, its students and the state of Illinois.
Carl Sandburg College President Tom Schmidt presents a certificate of remembrance to Terry and Amanda Talbert, parents of late Army Specialist Christopher Talbert, Wednesday at the college's annual Recognition and Awards Assembly
(WGIL News Story by Mike Perry, Photo Courtesy of Carl Sandburg College)
(Spc. Christopher Talbert. Photo Courtesy Illinois Army National Guard)
|04 29 10 by Newsroom
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