USA Patriotism! ... "Showcasing Pride of America"
"Mere Chance ... A Greatest Generation Story" by David G. BancroftAmerican Pride ... Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. BancroftUSA theme polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel itemsCemetery Woods ... A gripping story of a serial killer seeking revenge  by David G. BancroftWaking Dreams by David G. Bancroft

Home - Articles - America's Birth - Great American Patriots - Heroes - Honor Halls - Music
Photos - Poems - Quotes - Reference - Speeches - Stars for Troops - Stories - Student Patriots
Videos - New Content
-
About - Contact - Submit - Partners - Press - CureNow - Donate - Store

USA Patriotism! YouTube Channel

Join / Like the USA Patriotism! Facebook page

USA Patriotism! On Twitter

Pinterest

USA Patriotism! at Tumblr

Patriotic Article
Military

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!Checks with USA, military, and other patriotic designsFree Gifts from The Bradford Exchange Online

Marines, Sailors Share Military Adventures With Students
by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders - May 9, 2014

Patriotic Face Coverings

Satute of Liberty / Flag Mugs and Steins

USA, military, and other patriotic themed pullover and button down Polo shirts

Tough Tex American Flags

"Mere Chance" by David G. Bancroft

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Harbordale Elementary School students were in for a surprise when Marines and Sailors walked into their classrooms dressed in their sharp, dress blue and white uniforms ready to answer any and all questions they had pertaining to the military.

Three Marines from 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., as well as Sailors from the USS New York (LPD 21) and Carrier Strike Group 12, spoke to more than 450 Harbordale Elementary School students about their experiences in the military during a school visit, as part of a community relations event during Fleet Week Port Everglades 2014.


Second-grade students pose with Cpl. Brandon M. Carteaux, native of Dallas, Ga., and amphibious assault crew chief with 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Airman Apprentice Daniel Goodridge, native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and aviation boatswain's mate (fueling), during a school visit to Harbordale Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 30, 2014 ... as part of a community relations event of Fleet Week Port Everglades 2014. Three Marines from 2nd AAV Bn., and 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, as well as Sailors from the USS New York (LPD 21) and Carrier Strike Group 12 spoke to more than 450 Harbordale Elementary students about their experiences in the military and on ship. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders)

“I started to think of some questions before the (Marines and Sailors) came to the school, like ‘what would it be like if the ship sank,' ‘do you need to know your mathematics' and the basic school stuff,” said Michaela Z. Lovejoy, second grader of Harbordale Elementary School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I've been wanting to ask military men and women about what they do, so I'll remember this experience by getting the chance to ask those questions.”

When speaking to fourth-grade students, Cpl. Joel A. Slaymaker, native of Lancaster, Penn., told them, “Not every mission is necessarily going to a fight or a battle, or is about bad stuff. It is about coming to visit you guys and showing you what we do, and spend time with you so you can learn about our jobs, and we can learn about you.”

Michaela said she's never seen service members in person, and she has only seen them on TV or in the movies. The school visit allowed students to meet Marines and Sailors for the first time, and were appreciative of their service.

“My first time seeing Marines (and Sailors) was today when they came to my school,” said Skyler K. Becker, fourth grader of Harbordale Elementary School. “It's really cool because we are seeing people who are serving our country and risking their lives for us.”

Harbordale students continued asking questions left and right. They asked a broad spectrum of questions, such as thunderstorms while being on ship, why the Marines and Sailors joined the military, what kind of food they eat, what kind of gear gets loaded on the ship, and the students even asked about 9/11.

“The children are young, and they haven't experienced as much as we have, so we were there and told them what we do and what we did,” said Navy Airman Apprentice Daniel Goodridge, native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and aviation boatswain's mate (fueling). “It feels good to know that they're very intuitive, and their eyes open up when we tell them something, and despite the fact that they weren't born, they still knew about 9/11. So the motto of the USS New York – Never Forget, it never really has gone away, and the stories just keep going and going, and people will keep talking about it.”

Goodridge said he thoroughly enjoyed sharing his military experience with the students, and answering the questions. The Marines and Sailors left a lasting impression on the students, and one they are happy to share with others.

“I am going to tell my parents all about the awesome experience of talking to the Marines and Sailors,” said Skyler. “This is going to be a really awesome memory of the fourth grade. I want to tell the Marines and Sailors, ‘thank you for serving our country.'”

More photos available below

By U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2014

Comment on this article

USA Store! ... over 1,000 American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!USA / Americana theme ... polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel itemsAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. Bancroft

"Mere Chance" by David G. Bancroft

Special Offers - FREE Gifts with Purchase
Home - Articles - America's Birth - Great American Patriots - Heroes - Honor Halls - Music
Photos - Poems - Quotes - Reference - Speeches - Stars for Troops - Stories - Student Patriots - Videos
New Content
-
About - Contact - Submit - Partners - Press - CureNow - Donate - Store - Banners - Privacy

Google Custom USA Patriotism! Search

 

Zoom Custom USA Patriotism! Search