Veterans Share Stories With High School Students

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Veterans shared their military experiences and life lessons with students at Amityville Memorial High School on Nov. 15 during the second annual Veteran’s Appreciation Day.

Throughout the day, the more than dozen veterans in attendance visited social studies classrooms talked about their service. The guests covered all branches of the military as well as different periods, from World War II to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions.

“I think it’s important that they know the histories of the people who came before them and the sacrifices that people have made,” said Amityville resident Anthony Abate, who served during the Persian Gulf War.

The veterans shared stories of the hero’s welcomes they received upon returning from service and talked about their post-military careers. They also gave advice to students who may be considering joining the Armed Forces after high school.

Dawn Mizrachi, chairwoman of the social studies department, said that the purpose of the event was to give the students an appreciation for veterans and the sacrifices they have made, and emphasize the importance of service, whether to one’s country or community.