Students honor soldiers

Milwaukee Spanish Immersion 4th-graders hold the banner brought by Myron Webster (far right)

Milwaukee Spanish Immersion 4th-graders hold the banner brought by Myron Webster (far right)

Fourth-graders at Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School wrote notes of thanks and encouragement to the soldiers serving in Afghanistan in the unit of Wisconsin Commander Michael McBride.

Myron Webster, who coordinated the event, is the grandfather of MSIS 4th grader Tangier D., and works at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center with Cmdr. McBride. Mr. Webster talked about receiving a letter from a Girls Scout troop when he was serving in Vietnam in 1970 and how much that message meant to him, even though he didn’t know who sent it. “I kept that letter with me for the next nine months until I came home,” he said. He told the class about the importance of recognizing and thanking out veterans and asked them to take a moment over the weekend to remember those who gave their lives for our country.

In preparation for the event, the students in Ms. Perry’s class talked about Afghanistan and the kinds of messages that they would write to the servicemen and women stationed there. During the banner-signing, the students talked about their family members or people they know who are veterans or currently serving in the armed forces.