Students pause to honor Matt Maupin

The students at Willowville Elementary School in Union Township paused to honor fallen soldier Matt Maupin with an afternoon assembly April 9.

Surrounded by the school’s staff, who were wearing red, white, and blue T-shirts with Maupin commemorative stickers, the elementary students at Willowville were only one of the many student bodies in the West Clermont School District who honored Maupin on April 9, the day that Union Township native Matt Maupin was captured in Iraq in 2004.

The Clermont County Board of Commissioners proclaimed April 9 as Matt Maupin Day in the county after Maupin’s remains were found nearly four years after his capture and subsequent classification as being the only U.S. soldier captured/missing in action in Iraq.

“We had the assembly for many reasons,” said Willowville Elementary principal Laura Nazzarine. “Many of our Willowville teachers taught Matt; he was a part of our Willowville family for six years.”