A lunch with heroes

American spirit and pride were evident in Michelle Maitner’s classroom on Friday.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 9, 2013


Red, white and blue decorations filled Maitner’s Lakeshore Middle School classroom as veterans told her seventh-graders about their military and war experiences.

Throughout the day, members of the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post and the Sgt. Alvin Jonker VFW Post 2326 played "Taps," discussed the proper way to fold an American flag, and joined with students and parents for a luncheon.

Seventh-grader Mailyn Miller said it was special having veterans share their stories and answering students' questions.

“They deserve to be recognized for the services they did,” the 13-year-old said.

Ken Peters, a Robinson Township resident who served in the U.S. Navy from 1986-95, said Friday’s luncheon and appreciation was “overwhelming.”

Peters told the students that he joined the military because there were no jobs available at the time. The VFW member said he enjoyed his time in the military because he travelled to Italy, Greece and Spain.

Peters also entered combat action when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

“War is a down part of the military, but it’s something you have to do,” he said.

Seventh-grader Jillian Babbitt said it was "overwhelming" to hear what veterans experienced and knowing they might not have made it home alive.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Tri-cities realist

Great story, more schools should have these luncheons. We all can learn a great deal from our veterans. Thank you to all who have served.


I will say this once, and once only. But I will copy and paste it in the comments sections of other stories here on the Tribune forums. I feel sad for you people. All of you who feel the need to espouse your petty opinions, Yes, they are petty. You make no sense, all of you. You sit there, all fat and happy, "No new taxes" and whatnot. You live in a vacuum, you live in an Ivory Palace, one that you have built to protect you from the reality of what is happening in the world. You think you know it all, but alas, you do not. You sit here in your fair Tri-cities and pay your taxes and walk down your sorry streets and complain about having to vote yea or nay, but you have not lived. You have not lived. Because you were born here, you were raised here, your parents did what they needed to do to survive, to raise you, and to provide for you. And now you are doing the same for your children. You have no earthly idea. None whatsoever.


I'm not sure that rabble made any sense.


ggravish, what part of your rant (crazy one at that) has anything to do with children eating lunch with heroes?


For someone that professes such a high level of intelligence, here you are, using the same forum the rest of use to spout our worthless opinions, spouting yours......do you really not understand the reasons for a public online forum? And really, if you think it's a waste of time, why are you here, wasting your time, trying to save our heathen souls? Why the concern? Why the worry?
If you don't support online forums, then why come on here and rant about their use?
I don't get it. Are you some kind of modern day missionary, seeking souls to save here online? There, that's my tie-in to the fact it's Sunday morning and you should be in church, probably telling God how to do his job......
Live your life and let us live ours, If you're going to meddle in other people's lives, then you're wasting your time and not making any friends either......
I think you need counseling, someone to help you sort it all out.
Good luck!

EDIT: the fact that his rant was posted at 3:30am probably indicates the influence of a fair amount of alcohol, or other mind altering substances.....maybe he'll feel better once he gets up about noonish....


Bingo! That was ggreat.


plaggarize much?


What?.....did I miss another one of Vlad's attempts at humor?

Oh, and hot toddy's work great. Thanks for the reminder.

Tri-cities realist

Apparently Lanny has trademarked the term "ggreat" without our knowledge.


Ahhh, maybe it has something to do with the handle of the ranter that started this line....ggravish?

Just speculation on my part until Lani shows up.


At 11:43 a.m. on Saturday, I wrote the following in reply to ggravish's ubiquitous quip "genius" on 'Obama: I'm Sorry Americans are Losing..' ~

"Didn't you mean to write GGenius?"

Not even 24 hours later, Vlad has the audacity to plagiarize me with his reply (ggreat) in this article. I should be used to this by now.

LTA - hope you're feeling better and the worst is now behind you. Glad to hear Gramp's old Hot Toddy recipe helped - I find one gets better in about a week with it, as opposed to 7 days without it.


Aha, that explains it. I gave up on that thread Friday morning, after the 23rd "He lied" was uttered by our local political thespian.

I was a bit confused by his comment here, couldn't tell if it was an actual compliment, or just an opportunity to be ccute. Either way I think ggravish has some serious issues and I'm going to do my best not to add to them from this point on. He didn't get too far with his LessThenAmused handle so no telling what he'll come up with next.

As for Gramp's recipe, yup, it helped. I slept like a rock for a whole 9 hours Saturday night. I usually only sleep 5 or 6 hours at a time. Today I haven't even sneezed once! I'm about to take another dose now, just to be on the safe side and then go to bed. I bet if I take enough of the recipe I won't even care if I am sick!


A compliment, but I guess I should have known better, though I do wonder what part of Thesbia you're from.

The ggreat was a reference to Tony the Tiger and Sugar Frosted Flakes, but if you have to explain . . . .


Lame. Totally lame. Had Tony the Tigger entered your mind at all, you would have written - grrrrreat!

Thesbia? What a ggenius! Or is that ggenus?


"Lame. Totally lame. Had Tony the Tiger entered your mind at all, you would have written - grrrrreat"!

Exactly. I concur. How very disengenious of you, again........


You are familiar with the sailor and the lesbian joke? Tigger ad nothing to do with it and grrrreat would have been appropriate but for the gg - I'll try to do better in the future.


I accept your apology - we all can learn from our missteps.

Does your joke feature a vegetarian?



An old drunk sailor on shore leave was sitting in a bar when he spots a very pretty young woman. He advances towards her when the bartender says to him, "Don't waste your time on that one. She's a lesbian." The old sailor goes over to her anyway and says, "So Honey,which part of Lesbia are you from?"


Reminds me of a funny skit on Golden Girls about being Lebanese.

Knowing sailors as I do, this just might be based on a true story.


"though I do wonder what part of Thesbia you're from".

The East side, Just down the street from Nicks Quik-lube and Joe's discount Winery. The Republican Sanatorium is just a couple blocks over, on top of Ceasar's hill.

Oh, thanks for the compliment. Let's see what happens now.


Ah - 9 straight hours of sleep! That and the Toddy will cure whatever ails ya. Did you know that the brain clears itself of toxins during sleep?

I suppose we can expect you roaring back with pith and vinegar. Ggreat. Just ggreat.....8;-)


"I suppose we can expect you roaring back with pith and vinegar"

Funny you should say that.......I didn't realize you had a lisp....


8;- What's that?


A Tigger with his glasses on his forehead and no mouth?


8;-) = netlingo for = winking and smiling ggirl with bow in her hair.


Who knew? Not me -I'm a dinosaur (with respect to netlingo to forestall snarks about my politics). Right - that's likely . . . .


Yeah - I'm really getting into netlingo, as if I have nothing better to do.

As for your dinosaur straight man remark, I will, for as long as possible,:

:-# and :-Y (keep mum while smiling painfully)


Right. You wear a big ole bow on your head?

I like my explanation better. :-D


:-}X would hardly be appropriate (man smiling wearing a bow tie), now would it?

And with all your commentary giving us a blow-by-blow (pun intended) account of your head cold, could have just symbolled:

:-`| (I have a cold).

Actually, I like your explanation better, too! >* (kitty doesn't like taking it's pill)


:-`| (I have a cold).

Pray tell dear lady how does that ^^^^ = I have a cold? Where's the snot?



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