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.
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