November 2015 Posted in Arts, Culture & History, People | Comments Off
Editor’s Note: The following stories were written by the Mark Twain students.
Bernard Hoene served in the military police in the U.S. Army. He liked the military because he wanted to protect our freedom. He enjoyed jumping out of airplanes. He said being in the military meant he wasn’t home often. His grandma sent him letters and he kept pictures of his family to remind him of his home. “Veterans Day for me means honoring people who served for our country,” he said, adding he served during peacetime. He said whenever you see a veteran, tell them “thank you for your service.”
– Philip Alagoz
Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a respectable, interesting and overall brilliant man. Sgt. Lewis began his service in 1968. “The Army was extremely disciplined and there were many strict orders,” Lewis said. “There was no back talk to your instructor.” For three years, he was stationed in Germany, fighting the troubles and hardships. For Lewis, it was an amazing honor to serve, but the hardest part for him was not being able to see his family. In those days, he couldn’t call home. He wrote letter that would take two weeks to reach home. He loved traveling the world, and getting to experience new cultures and people. After the war, Lewis worked with the military. He was an important part in helping Iraq’s government train in democratic principles, and establish their own constitution. He was the police chief of Silverton and is now the mayor. To Lewis, Veterans Day is a time to honor those who bravely served our country. It’s a time to reflect on what happened and what will happen in the future.
– Anneliese Capener
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