Today we had several schools from MI, NJ, and TX interview our World War II veterans for our Lest We Forget program.
Today’s panel included Captain Jimmy Butt, Sgt Arden Pridgeon, Sgt Val Ripsco. In the first session we also had a new veteran, Captain Rex Welch, who was a paratrooper.
Students learned about rations, v-mail (victory mail), and perspectives from both the European and Pacific theaters of the war.
Here are some of the questions students asked today:
- Do you think the the war was inevitable? or that the U.S. involvement was inevitable?
- What new military techniques were developed during WWII?
- Do you have any good memories from the war?
- What did you think of the New Deal?
- What was it like to live during the Depression?
- What was your inspiration or motivation during the war?
- Which front do you think was the most difficult?
- Do you think it made a difference in your experience if you were drafted or volunteered?
By the way, we still have a few openings in the April Korean War Veteran interviews. ($50 each – scholarships available; high school; everyone is welcome).
We also have a similar program but using the ASK process on the picture book: The Wall, where middle school students interview our Vietnam veterans. We have room in that session too! We’d love to have you! $50 or request a scholarship. Everyone is welcome!
Hope you can join us!!