Mrs. Sue Idso, a 5th grade teacher from Mukilteo Elementary, asked if some of our veterans would speak to her classes (yes—like high school she has 5 periods of classes). Fred Apgar, Jim Blossey (see “Commanders Column”) and I volunteered. The following day Sue passed along comments that her students made after our presentations so I’ve included some of them here:
The sacrifices our veterans make are a great act of kindness.
I’m impressed by how a stranger would sacrifice his life for me.
I feel like I know a lot more about the military.
There are so many lives lost in a war.It’s so sad.
I’m a Boy Scout and now I want to be a Scout even more.
I understand how much veterans care about America.
There’s always a price for freedom.
We have the best system of government in the world. I feel appreciative of that.
I’m very proud of Mr. Apgar.
I have learned to respect the WWII veterans.
I’m so grateful that so many people serve.
Now I know more about how a soldier feels.
Mr. Traner’s stories make me feel safe.
I can understand more about what my grandpa went through.
Veterans keep the Constitution alive.
I’m inspired to join the Army.
If we didn’t have veterans, we wouldn’t have freedom.
The military is more serious than I thought.
Soldiers put their lives on the line for our Constitution.
I learned how hard it was to make the sacrifices to go to war and to accept it.
It’s really special to know someone who fought for our country.
As Veterans Day approaches, we will have a number of opportunities to speak to classes and entire assemblies. We will be passing a signup sheet for volunteers at the next meeting so have some fun and speak to a class.