Memorial day is a 3 day holiday and there is no school on Monday, right? There is more to it than that, but how do we teach our children who have never been exposed to battle and the sacrifices made by our military to keep us a free and safe country?
The Big Valley chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, today represented by Donald Leventon of Lookout, Lennie Eades of Lookout, Carl Parks from Bieber and Richard Rhodes from Bieber. Each spoke to the Big Valley Elementary School at an assembly in the gymnasium giving their explanation of real meaning of Memorial Day.
Mr. Leventon and Mr. Parks are veterans of World War II, Mr. Eades
served in Korea and Mr. Rhodes served in Lebanon and Libya in the
period of the Marin barracks explosion.
Of course the children were most interested in the blood and guts
stories of war and Mr. Lennie Eades managed to actually explain the
real meaning of Memorial Day and why we fight for our freedom.