By Evelyn Godfrey, Fifth Grade
In October of this year I had the opportunity to visit the Veterans Affairs hospital. It is a medical center for veterans who have served or are serving in a branch of the United States military. It was a wonderful experience for me as a student at Westminster. It was an opportunity to engage with the veterans and talk to them about what they have been through. It was surprising to see how much it meant tothem for a group of kids to visit. I think it is important for students to recognize people who have served our country.
At the hospital, we got to show our thanks and love to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us. While we were there, we sang the “Armed Forces Medley” that we sing every year at the Grandparents Day/Veterans Day assembly. During the song, many veterans sang along or clapped. Afterward, we were able to pair up and ask the veterans questions about their rank, how they served in the war, and what the experience was like for them. I loved hearing about their stories. For example, one man was a tank operator and got injured three times in World War II!
The visit to the Veterans Affairs hospital will be with me for years to come. It taught me about honoring others. To honor someone means to have high respect for them. My respect for these veterans grew because I got to know them personally and understood how much they gave up for me. The experience showed me that veterans love for children to come, talk to them, and honor them for their service to our country.