I had a great experience today that I would like to share. A young neighbor had asked me if I could come to her Middle School for their Veteran's Day celebration. The event involved speaking for a half hour to two classes, and assembly afterward and brunch. The children I talked to were 7th graders and they were absolutely wonderful. I brought in a slide show on my laptop and went through my presentation starting with the global political situation at the time I enlisted, some general information about the service and my personal experiences. The kids had so many questions and one could see that they really had no conception of army life, combat, weaponry, etc. At the end of the day, I was presented with a folder in which the students had written a short thank you and some comments. When my wife read them, she was in tears over some of the expressions of thanks. It was really a great morning.
Thanks Rocky... Did pretty much the same several years back (and for several years) when I lived in CT. The Elementary School kids were particularly moved/impressed by the active service members that showed up in uniform. Not so much us old farts in our gray pinstripe suits.