"It was important to hear from the Vietnam Veterans so that we get a firsthand account instead of just what the history books tell us." -Collin Swedberg, Student
Vietnam Veterans are local treasures in their respective communities. As fellow citizens, we owe due respect for our Veterans’ service and sacrifice in the United States Armed Forces. It is important to offer our Vietnam Vets a platform to share their experiences to future generations of Americans.
As a teacher and Vet myself, it is profound to witness rapport between students and our guest Vets year after year. Our Veterans speak with humility and yet with unwavering resolve of their stories of service and sacrifice.
During a portion of our time together, students engage Veterans with thoughtful questions. The transfer of knowledge, wisdom and experience between generations is sacred and lasting. Our Vietnam Vets are a testament of inspiration and perseverance that my students can be proud of and emulate as they mature into young adulthood.
The students follow up the next day by creating thank you cards to each Veteran. The cards are then delivered with care to our Veterans.
After 6 years of this honored tradition, we are already anticipating and planning for next year.
Thank you, Paul, Don, Tom, and Dr. Mary.
-Teacher, David Schroeder