BMS Honors America’s Vets

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.

This year's veterans visiting Bedford Middle School included (from left) Ryan Ledan and Peter Nathan (Marines); Gun Moen (Air Force) and Jack Klinge (Navy). (Photo/Susan Van Riper)

This year’s veterans visiting Bedford Middle School included (from left) Ryan Ledan and Peter Nathan (Marines); Gun Moen (Air Force) and Jack Klinge (Navy). (Photo/Susan Van Riper)

“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.”

 

3 responses to “BMS Honors America’s Vets

  1. Sharon Paulsen

    This is a great idea, and glad to hear it’s been a BMS tradition for that many years.

    Much more informative for students when they get that opportunity for one-on-one communication with our vets.

    Very cool!

  2. Matthew Kokoszka

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  3. Lily Bloomingdale

    Many thanks to the BMS 8th Grade Social Studies teachers, who planned this special event: Courtney Ruggiero, David Deitch & Caroline Davis. According to Ms. Ruggiero, there were over 30 Veteran’s in attendance who had served in the Korean War, Vietnam War, WWII, Gulf War, War in Afghanistan and other events. This event has been going on at BMS for 15 years. Fantastic!