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Parkwood 7th Graders Learn from Veterans

7th graders learn from a Veteran the proper way to fold the American flag

The 7th graders of Parkwood Middle School had the opportunity to listen to four veterans share their war experiences and learned how to fold an American Flag on May 19th and 20th in the media center. James Crump (WWII), Bill Raum (Vietnam), Jim Hood (Vietnam), and Bill Lane (Vietnam) came from the Indian Trail VFW to talk to the students about what they encountered during war. This goes right along with the 7th grade social studies curriculum because the students are currently learning about WWII and will be moving on to Vietnam shortly. 

                James Crump was inspired to join the military at the age of 16. He fought during WWII and landed on the beaches of Normandy during D-Day in 1944. He shared information about D-Day, weapons used during the war, how he and his troop helped liberate concentration camps, photographs of German troops that had surrendered,  and other personal war experiences. Mr. Crump was a P.F.C. when he was discharged from the military after 6 years of service and he has received 3 Purple Hearts. The children were amazed by Mr. Crump’s stories. Gavin Gay, 7th grade student, said, “He is telling us things that we are learning in class and that is cool to meet someone who lived through that.”

                Bill Raum, Jim Hood, and Bill Lane were inspired to join the war right after high school. Mr. Lane and Mr. Hood are both Marine veterans who fought in Vietnam. Mr. Raum is a Navy veteran who fought during Vietnam as well. All three gentlemen explained their jobs during the war and encouraged the children to follow their dreams and be the best they can be.  Ryan Parker, 7th grade student, said, “They encouraged me to keep going and not get stuck in a rut.”

                At the end of the presentation all four gentlemen showed the students how to fold the American Flag and explained the procedure behind folding the flag. After the demonstration 6 students were able to fold the flag the way they were taught. Brandon Bigham, 7th grade student, said, “The flag folding was fun. I’ve seen it done before so it was cool being able to fold it.” Over all this was a wonderful experience and such an honor to be able to have these four Veterans come share their experiences with the 7th grade. Hannah Helms and Jill Barton, 7th grade students, said “We are thankful for all they have done for us and grateful that they could come speak to us.”

Written by: Sylvia Wendling, 7th grade teacher
Posted: May 26, 2015 by Lisa Chapman

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