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Discovering living history
Gervais students attend an event honoring veterans at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville
Gervais High School students learned about history firsthand last Tuesday, when they visited Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville for Living History Day.
The event hosted multiple schools as well as dozens of veterans from around the country. The veterans are from all recent wars, from World War II to the present.
Students toured the museum but also visited the main stage, where survivors of the Bataan Death March spoke. They also listened to accounts from other prisoners of war and even Tuskegee Airman Alex Jefferson, whose visit to Gervais High School started the schools interest in these events.
Principal Mike Solem said the opportunity is rare to capture this kind of history, since many from this group are aging fast.
They share information thats not in any textbook," said Solem. They talked about what it was like, not knowing if they were going to live from day to day. We want the kids to appreciate what they have and to be respectful of those who have paved the way for them.