Sgt Steve Gifford of Springfield, IL came to speak at Wilcox Elementary. He is a member of the Illinois Army National Guard. The Illinois National Guard has a proud history of defending Illinois for 296 years. Over the last decade, more than 22,000 Soldiers and Airmen from the Illinois National Guard have served overseas in places like Iraq, Afganistan, Kuwait, Libya, Egypt, and other foreign countries defending our freedom.
The students made holiday cards for the soldiers overseas while listening to Sgt Steve Gifford talk about what the Illinois National guard does. They were given the opportunity to ask him questions and look at his gear.