LAS VEGAS -- Clark County School District employee Whitney Dagenet went home to Oklahoma to honor other veteran's memories at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Museum and Cultural Center and unexpectedly became an honoree herself when asked to donate her own items to the museum.
Dagenet was led into the heart of the museum where the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross is surrounded by the names of Muscogee Citizen Veterans killed in action in every war since World War l. This poignant reminder of what they sacrificed touched her with sadness and pride as she reflected on the addition of her mementos to the museum's artifacts and its history.
“In our culture we do not celebrate one person's accomplishments because I am a part of every Muscogee and every Muscogee is a part of me," said Dagenet.
Dagenet enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 11, 1988 at 17 years of age.
“About halfway through my hitch, Iraq invaded Kuwait and we were suddenly at war. I served during Desert Shield and Desert Storm," she said. “Service to my country benefitted me on many levels. I learned a marketable skill, I earned money for college and I learned leadership skills," she said. Dagenet a U.S. Navy Seabee trained in Quantico, VA with Marines and is a Special Education Science teacher at Canyon Springs High School.