Students get history lessons from veterans

Students get history lessons from veterans

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While Veterans Day has passed, Valley View Junior High students had the opportunity to learn from veterans Friday.

Veterans filled the room at Valley View Junior High School to allow students to mingle and learn from each vet's unique experience.

There was a range of branches represented along with memorabilia from all over the globe on display.

The students said they particularly enjoyed the vets' stories.

Navy veteran Albert Rusher talked about his time sharing a room with Jimmy Carter.

"Yes, we were roommates and good friends," Rusher said. "Still are good friends, talk to each other quite often."

Rusher displayed his replica of the USS Missouri where he spent the majority of his service.

He was just one of many vets who had a story to tell.

Madelyn Evans, an eighth grader, said her favorite story came from a vet who danced with Princess Elizabeth in a nightclub.

The vet said he had no idea she was royalty until after the fact.

Evans said it's great the school holds this event each year.  

"I think it's a major pleasure that they get to come and spend the day with us because we really love it, and they can teach us more than what we learn in a history book," Evans said.

The event brought in more than 50 veterans and students made sure to thank them all for their undeniable service.

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