That’s how CSA New Tech instructor Joe Steele felt the longest for his father, Rodney, a quiet Vietnam War veteran who didn’t talk about his service.
But today, owing to a project created by Steele and Hope Alexander, his new technology instructor, the tale of his father and other soldiers is being told. In high school, we co-teach a course called “American Heritage.” Students participated in the school’s first-ever Veterans Day ceremony after being given the task of interviewing local veterans about their experiences as part of the lesson.
Since many World War I and II veterans won’t be alive in September and October, students will focus on World War I in a different project. and gained knowledge of World War II. Students studied the Cold War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the Afghanistan War during this unit.
They also studied documents from the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project and read Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried in preparation for the interview.
“So far, the interview seems to be going well,” Alexander said. “I think the kids will love it, and I think the veterans will enjoy it, too.”
Steele’s father was one of those interviewed for the project.
Students also heard from veteran Tanner his Archibald who visited the class in late October. “Tanner graduated from Columbus North in 2001 and toured Iraq in 2006-2007, winning awards including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, and Iraqi Service Campaign Medal.” He survived an improvised explosive device (IED) attack on June 14, killing three of his comrades.”
Archibald told his students about joining the military, his time in Iraq and his experience after the IED attack, Alexander said.
Steele said he did a great job engaging with his students and sharing the reality of his ministry. B. How he differed from his own expectations and what lessons he learned from it. “He has no regrets about serving. Because of that, he is who he is “said Steele. “But despite going through it, he still has PTSD. With them, he was frank and honest.”
During the school’s Veterans Day program, Archibald’s tale will be presented among other tales gathered from students. The one-hour show features a color guard and flag progression hosted by Commander Alan McCaw and the American Legion Post 24, a message from veteran Bob Hempstead (whose granddaughter Tara Schuler is a student of new technology), morning news, and more. There is also a moment of silence at 11 o’clock to remember the armistice that put an end to World War I.