Fourth graders learn about Veterans Day
On Veterans Day, Blooming Prairie fourth-grade students had the opportunity to visit with a local veteran and learn more about the importance of honoring the people who have served our country.
That morning, about 65 students visited the Blooming Prairie Servicemen’s Club, where they heard from Doug Miner, a local veteran. Miner shared information about Veterans Day and what it means to be a veteran, in addition to answering plenty of questions about his time in the U.S. Army and as a member of the National Guard.
Miner said that he signed up for the Army when he was just 17 years old (with his parent’s permission.) In total, he served 21 years, spending four years in active duty during the Gulf War and 17 in the National Guard. He was also deployed to Kosovo, where he spent one year.
“Today is about thanking soldiers for what they have done,” said Miner.
Miner answered several questions about war and the life of a soldier. In turn, he asked the students a few questions about historical events and current conflicts, helping the students to learn more about veterans.
Miner added that Americans are able to enjoy their freedom thanks to the brave men and women who have served their country. “We do live in one of the greatest countries in the world,” he said.
After Miner spoke, the students stepped outside the building to witness a flag raising ceremony. During the program, Keith Holman welcomed community members and students alike, and Chaplain Bev Holland offered an opening prayer. Members of the color guard presented the colors and the firing squad also provided their services. Local veteran Ken Esplan then helped raise the flag as Paul Haberman played “Taps.”
After the ceremony, a few fourth graders shared that they enjoyed the program and had learned something about Veterans Day. “Veterans Day is really important because of the people that served,” said fourth grader Madison Sorensen.
Jamie Reinke, another Blooming Prairie fourth grader, added, “I think Veterans Day is important because the people served our country to keep us alive and safe.”
Fourth grader Maxmar Ogren agreed, adding that the program gave him a different way to think about things. He explained that veterans have made sacrifices so that we can stay safe and enjoy our lives. “I’m proud of what I have,” said Ogren.