Veterans at Minarets

A Senior View

Ed LyonsNovember 10, 2011 

I've often wondered why it's been deemed most important that our students know the specifics of the Greek Wars while very little attention is paid to our more recent military history.

Many students can tell you all about Alexander the Great or Hannibal and his elephants, but how many have heard of Patton or MacArthur or the battle for Iwo Jima?

Or, even those of you that read this column, have you ever heard of Tonkin Bay or the TET Offensive for Iwo Jima?

For that matter, if a present day student asked you what the end result of our military presence in Korea or Vietnam was, what would you tell them?

There are still a lot of us around who witnessed these semi-forgotten eras. Try and convince them that those times or their contributions are not worth remembering.

Well, many students and adults got educated Nov. 9 when the Minarets High School History Department hosted a Veteran's Day dinner at the school.

Directing the affair was one of the school's educators, Daniel Ching.

"We wanted to host veterans of foreign wars to celebrate their service to our country and to allow some interaction between or students and the veterans," Ching said.

The idea is a project that was generated through the Minarets Oral History Project, designed to engage students in the preservation of local history.

Veterans that attended the free spaghetti dinner spent time doing interviews with the students that were recorded by the Minarets Media Department.

Mr. Ching said that the ultimate goal was to create documentaries and possibly write a book, a collection of the stories.

Grandpa Sez' "If you asked me what my greatest contribution to these eras was, I say it's that I remember them, son ... I remember them."

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