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Vincent High School JROTC cadets Interview Veterans :

On Thursday, October 1st, 2015, twenty-five Vincent High School JROTC cadets went to the Colonel Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home in Pell City.

While there, they interviewed the veteran residents, listened to war stories and had one-on-one talks with veterans. Two students interviewed an Army veteran who was a POW in Germany during WW2.  The veteran showed them his map of all the POW camps in Germany, and described in detail the route that he traveled on foot as they were marched from camp to camp across Germany and into Czechoslovakia, ending up near Prague when Germany finally surrendered. Another cadet interviewed an Army veteran who landed on Omaha Beach on June 6th, 1944. 

He later fought in the Battle of the Bulge under Patton's Third Army, and as a combat engineer helped build the first allied bridge across the Rhine River  Other cadets heard stories of service that were equally fascinating.  Cadets learned the value of their freedom and were appreciative of the veterans' service.  It was a memorable trip, and the students came back with a much better understanding of both history and the importance of the military.  

This is our second year to do this, and our cadets return from the trip with a MUCH deeper understanding of history from the first-person accounts.



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