- The younger generations of Americans will lead our country one day soon, so educators and veterans in Eagle River want students to understand the meaning of patriotism, freedom and sacrifice.
Polling data shows younger Americans don't turn out to vote at nearly the rate older people do. But some veterans hope encouragement earlier in life will help kids to strengthen their connections to their state and their country.With that goal in mind, teachers at Eagle River Elementary School founded the All American Kids Club and hosted a social gathering with local veterans to help kids build those connections. The event gave students an opportunity to ask the veterans questions and thank them for their service."And what better time to start, you know?" says VFW Post 8637 Commander Al Pittelko. "I think some of our older kids--high school kids and even beyond-- have lost a little bit of patriotism [that] we used to have. Starting this young, we're hoping that it will stick with them." Piettelko says the event offers everyone involved a chance to learn. "And they're teaching them things, about how to be a patriot, what patriotism means," explains Pittelko. "And they're bringing in some of the VFW people to tell their experiences, what they've been through the years. I think it is a great learning process." This was the 2nd Annual All American Kids Club Social. Many of the veterans who talked with students served in the Korean or Vietnam Wars.
Story By: Adam Fox