Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Memorial Day

For Memorial Day, my reading enhancement class learned about the Vietnam War from veteran squad leader and platoon sergeant, Gordy Bourland. It was an amazing way to remember the young men and women who served in the armed forces. We also read "The Wall" which is about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Washington, D.C. On an annual fieldtrip to Washington, D.C., our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students were able to see the more than 58,000 names on the long, black wall. 

Students have also been reading "Daniel's Story" which is about a Jewish boy who was taken to several concentration camps during World War II along with his family. Daniel was forced into slave labor and worked in the factories. Students visited the emotional Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., walked through in exhibit about "Daniel's Story", and met a holocaust survivor. Our school hosted a presentation by holocaust survivor, Martin Lowenberg.  

In Washington, D.C., students also visited the World War II Memorial and learned about D-Day which occured on June 6, 1944. The World War II Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces, the more than 400,000 who died, and everyone who supported the war effort from home. On D-Day, 160,000 Allied troops invaded Western Europe on the beaches of Normandy, France to fight the forces of Nazi Germany. For the anniversary of D-Day, our students will be viewing this video sponsored by the United States Army.       

These ASK Programs were sponsored by the Macomb Intermediate School District's Distance Learning/IT Department.

Southfield resident and Holocaust survivor Martin Lowenburg shares story in new book