Yesterday was Veterans Day. Instead of a large assembly, Bedford Middle School invited veterans to meet 8th graders in individual social studies classrooms.
They’ve done it that way for over 15 years — longer than the current students have been alive.
“This intimate setting permits our veterans to share their personal stories and life experiences, before, during and after their military service,” says principal Adam Rosen.
33 vets took part in this year’s celebration. They served in World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Gulf War and Afghanistan. Some are active duty service members.
“Students have time to ask questions and view photos, medals and garments that the veterans bring in,” Rosen added. “Afterwards, our students write letters, sharing their thanks and personal reflections.
“In contrast to the portrayal of our military and veterans through mass media, this was an incredible and rare opportunity for our students to meet with folks who wrote blank checks to our nation. This special event provided our students with new understanding about service in the US military, through first-hand accounts.”