Veteran gets last wish for school

Jimmy Register and his sister Cathy Carroll present their father’s flag to the school district. Photo available for purchase

Jimmy Register and his sister Cathy Carroll present their father’s flag to the school district.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM.

During their June 5 meeting, the Franklin County school board received a gift of a cherished American flag from the family of the late Rev. Lawrence Joseph Register, who died in March at the age of 86.

Flanked by his sister, Cathy Carroll, Register’s son Jimmy told the board their dad, an Air Force veteran of World War II and a Navy veteran of the Korean War, and a former school employee, had a last wish to bestow “this flag that meant so much to him to fly in his honor as a veteran.”

They said their father, as a bus driver and maintenance worker for the district, “greatly enjoyed his interaction with staff and students.” Register’s wife, Sarah Truman Register, and children Jimmy Register and Cathy Carroll, worked a combined 65 years for the district, they said.

“He made many children’s science lessons come to life when showing them animals or insects he brought to school or found on the school grounds,” said Jimmy Register. “The art of ‘grunting’ for earthworms turned into an unforgettable experience when classes would watch the worms come up out of the earth as Daddy worked his magic, though some thought they were snakes….”

Carroll and Register went on to recount how their father “told us stories of being one of the forerunners of the ‘Navy Seals’ before they became known as such, preparing the way for other soldiers to come after, completing his tasks. He guarded the Alaskan Islands from possible invasion from Japan into our county. Daddy had many wonderful, scary stories to tell.”

Following the emotional presentation, Gander suggested that the flag be first flown over the district office beginning Veterans Day 2014. “That’s a long way off, but it would be a little bit more special,” he said. – By DAVID ADLERSTEIN

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