American Legion Posts 100 in Union and 145 in Peterstown, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 1108, and James Monroe High School (JMHS) jointly hosted a veteran’s panel discussion on Nov. 10 in the school auditorium. Students had the opportunity to listen to the experiences of veterans from the World War II era to those currently serving, and to ask questions about life in the military and its meaning.
Students divided into small groups and rotated through stations composed of veterans from various eras: 1940’s-50’s, 1960’s-70’s, 1980’s-2000, and post 9/11. The turnout from local veterans was outstanding – a testimony of their continued service to community and country. Participating veterans, without whom this event would not have been possible, included World War II Era veteran Darwin Womack, Korean War veteran, J.W. Larew and post-Korean War Era veteran Charles Larew. John Donnelly, Hank Fischer, Bob Allen, Steve Ellison, Jim Wright, and Frank Gagnier represented the Vietnam War Era. Todd Fairchild, Wendy Reed, Todd Longanacre, and Tim Sluss represented the Cold War Era, and Loyd Vest, Mike Wiley, and U.S. Air Force Recruiter TSgt Franco Pace represented the post 9/11 Era. The students appreciated learning of these veterans’ experiences, which ranged from humorous to serious.
The American Legion is nonpartisan and open to veterans of any branch of service and era, including those currently serving. The American Legion supports veterans and their families, patriotism, and youth education. If you are interested in joining us in this vital mission and assisting with programs like the one described above contact Scott Womack at email@example.com or via Facebook Messenger.