The program from North Jackson Elementary School’s Veterans Day event defined a veteran as “someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for an amount of ‘up to, and including his life.’” NJE students and faculty gathered in their gymnasium with members of the community Monday afternoon to honor those men and women who wrote that blank check.
North Jackson’s annual event began by giving local veterans the opportunity to meet and talk with students in the library, and then visit with them over lunch provided by the school. From there, the group gathered in the gym to listen to several veteran guest speakers and singing by the students.
U.S. Army Korean War veteran W.S. Everett spent his lunch time talking to sixth-grader Jayse Baise, who peppered Everett with questions about guns he used during the war. The lunch conversation was enjoyable, Everett said.
“That young man is going to do well in whatever he decides to do,” Everett said.
Baise said it was the first time he had met a veteran of the Korean War.
“It’s just been a really good experience, getting to know someone who was in the Korean War,” Baise said. “...I think I earned a lot of respect for them.”
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