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Waxhaw fifth graders get visit from Veterans of Foreign Wars

Fifth grade students listen intently to veterans share their experiences of being deployed overseas.

In honor of Veterans Day, fifth grade students at Waxhaw Elementary had some very special visitors. Three Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mr. Don Blankenburg (United States Marines), Mr. Reid Brown (United States Army), and Mr. Bill Raum (United States Navy), all came to speak to the students and share their experiences from their time serving our country.  The students were all very engaged and asked many thoughtful questions. 

When asked what made them most proud, Mr. Blankenberg shared that he enjoyed seeing young people growing up with a love for and appreciation of our country. All the veterans encouraged the students to appreciate their education because it will take them anywhere they wanted to go in life. They said that it is something that no one can ever take away from them. “We live in the best country in the world,” said Mr. Raum. “And I’ve seen a lot of them.”

Students talked about the things they heard even after the program ended, and it was obvious that the veterans’ words really had an impact. Maddie said, “When the veterans said some veterans are homeless that surprised me because they served our country and they deserve to be respected. They fought for our freedom and now this is how they end up? That’s not right at all. They deserve more respect than that!”

Many students came up and thanked the men for their time after the program. We all appreciate their willingness to share with us and thank them for service to our country.

Written by: Dana Sullivan, Fifth Grade Teacher
Posted: Nov 10, 2014 by Dana Sullivan

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