Jakeway Travels with Vets to D.C. Trip

Jakeway Travels with Vets to D.C. Trip
Posted on 09/19/2017
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Indian Lake High School Senior Samara Jakeway recently returned from a journey that she is proud to share. 
After winning an essay contest in the spring on "What Veterans Mean to Me", she got the opportunity to accompany more than 50 local veterans and their spouses on the Logan County Vets to D.C. Trip in mid-September.
Samara says she made many news friends and gained new perspectives, "My favorite couple were Don and Dianna Moore. They were so sweet. He shared many war stories with me about his time in Korea and never wanted his wife to leave his side so they could share the experience."
On the three-day trip, Jakeway says she was able to connect with many veterans in a variety of ways. On the bus they chatted, sang patriotic songs and played games. While visiting the many memorials, Jakeway helped veterans physically by pushing wheelchairs or helping them walk. She also helped serve their meals and anything else they needed. 
Jakeway is currently working on an article detailing her experience and impressions to be published in local media. In addition, she will speak at the Vets to D.C. wrap up event in late October. Finally, as a member of the Indian Lake FCCLA, she will help organize and speak at the 7th Annual Freedom Breakfast scheduled for November 3rd at Indian Lake High School. 

Indian Lake High School senior Samara Jakeway is preparing for an unforgettable journey. She will about 50 of local veterans and their spouses on the 2017 Logan County Vets to D.C. trip leaving this Friday.  The group will spend three days touring all the memorials and important venues in the nation’s capital.  

Jakeaway, along with Bellefontaine High School student Madison Krock, each earned the all-expense paid trip and opportunity to go with the group by winning an essay contest held this spring.

Samara shared her essay during a dinner with the group earlier this week. With two grandfathers who served in the Army, Samara says she sees veterans as people who gave up their freedoms, people in need of help and people who deserve to live life to the fullest. 

She writes in her essay, “I see veterans as heroes who deserve the respect of every red-blooded American here today. Every freedom, right and privilege was earned with a veteran’s sacrifice.” 

At the dinner, Samara got the chance to meet with several local veterans from the Vietnam War, Korean Conflict and even World War II with whom she will be travelling.  She plans to make stronger connections during specific times of the trip. 

“I’m really looking forward to the social hours that are planned with the veterans after our first day of traveling and after we tour the memorials. Not that I won’t get to know them when we’re are visiting the memorials, but I feel like that’s a time for them to reflect for themselves.” 

Jakeway will also document the trip by doing interviews with the veterans and writing an article for local media. She is most looking forward to visiting Arlington National Cemetery, where representatives of their group will place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

Also at the dinner, Jakeway was presented with a special coin to commemorate the trip. She knows the lessons she learns along the way will stay with her. 

The Logan County Vets to D.C. group will embark from the Logan County Fairgrounds at 8 am on Friday morning. They will travel north through Bellefontaine. Residents are encouraged to cheer them on as the make their way out of town and on to Washington, D.C.