I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America .
The words above are ingrained in all of our hearts and minds, something we recite by rote when called upon to do so. But do any of us ever stop to think about what the words mean?
Hoping to instill a more profound love of country in community members, the Liverpool Public Library held its sixth annual Veterans Appreciation Evening on Thursday Nov. 9. At the event, eight veterans answered questions posed by five sixth-graders from Morgan Road Elementary about what it means to be a veteran. The event also featured vocal and piano performances, the recitation of a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem and refreshments.
Nov. 11 has been set aside to honor American veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the United States of America, said Elizabeth Dailey, LPL's executive director. These veterans are here tonight to tell us their stories. For them, patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice are more than just words.
Cindy Hibbert of the library said that LPL holds the event every year to honor veterans and educate people about their experiences. A different school participates every year with the library choosing the school that will come up with the questions. This year was MRE's turn.
We were thrilled when the library contacted us about being a part of this program, said Jesika Hartwell, an MRE teacher who advised the students that asked the questions. The questions all came from the students. We brainstormed questions about what it means to be a veteran and the most relevant questions were chosen.
Those questions, the student that asked each question and some of the answers provided by the veterans follow.
When and in what war did you serve? -- Lauren Busby