The instructors had Loveland Middle School (LMS) eighth grade students at attention Monday, May 20 as current and former members of the armed services delivered 16 presentations about military service. The Veterans’ Visit to LMS annual event is a lesson about why we celebrate Memorial Day.
“Having had the privilege to have had a career in the Army before becoming a teacher, I am fortunate in being able to share my personal experiences with my students throughout the year,” said David Fletcher, LMS teacher and event organizer. “The Veterans’ Visit gives our students a valuable experience in meeting veterans who come from all walks of life. Additionally, the patriotism that our veterans show is contagious, and that is a great influence on our students.”
The students began the day watching a video presentation on World War II and Vietnam produced by Tom Sutton, eighth grade LMS history teacher. The veterans then met with individual classes throughout the morning and afternoon.
“This event gave our students an opportunity to recognize the service of these veterans whose service dates from current active duty back to World War II,” said Fletcher. “We appreciate all of the veterans who took the time to make this event so special for the students.”
Photo caption: Lieutenant Colonal Alan Kendrick (right), father of eighth grade student Elise Kendrick, and Master Sergeant Robert McDonald (left) of the U.S. Air Force present to a class.