NEWS: Law Celebrates Veterans Day With Guest Speakers
By Carol Phillips – News Editor
Jonathan Law celebrated Veterans Day twice this year.
On Tuesday, November 11, the morning began with a special episode of Eagle Eye News that included three special guests.
Sophomore Sarah Golden sang the National Anthem, and then Sergeant Kyle Stafford, who is a full-time National Guard soldier, and retired Air Force member Mike Thibodeau joined host Melissa Hanania on set.
Sergeant Stafford spoke about his experiences in Afghanistan and how being in the military shaped him as a person.
“Just the things that I’m able to withstand and deal with on a personal level, I’ve been able to deal with them,” Sergeant Stafford said. “It shows me a lot about myself and what I can do and how I can go about doing things.”
Thibodeau also shared his thoughts on Veterans Day and what the holiday means to him.
“It’s a mixed feeling; it’s sad to say you have to think about the ones who have passed and the ones who are still coming up,” Thibodeau said. “And there’s a lot of stuff going on in the world where you need them.”
During common time, students throughout the school participated in an activity where they wrote a message to veterans on strips of red, white, or blue paper. These strips then were linked together to make a large chain and was given to the VFW of Milford.
“I thought that writing to the veterans was very important because they deserve recognition for all that they have accomplished and am glad I was able to thank them,” senior Michaela Pounds said.
On Eagle Eye News, Dean of Students Mr. Ragaini asked students to “think about the men and women in our armed services who have served the country in peace and war and the sacrifices they’ve made to defend our country.”
On Wednesday, November 12, Law invited two very important men to come talk to selected history classes. Both men shared stories about their experiences in World War II.
Walter “Bud” Smith is a 90 year old World War II veteran who was a part of the Battle of the Bulge and a Prisoner of War.
His job was to scout the German tanks. He jumped into a foxhole with some other soldiers for protection, and soon after a German soldier put a gun to the back of his head and captured them. He was a POW for over five months.
The other man was Lou, a 93 year old World War II veteran. He was a tank destroyer, and his job was to hold a road in Belgium and not let any German soldiers advance.
These two men met at a club playing golf and have been friends ever since.
“I thought the two gentlemen that came and spoke to us were really cute and inspiring,” senior Hayley Sanchez said. “What they said actually has some importance to me in the fact that I have a lot of family in the military.”