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A patriotic Valentine to veterans

Feb 14, 2011 12:22:00 PM - thestate.com
Call it a red-white-and-blue Valentine.

This morning, veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and more recent conflicts in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan were honored at Richland Northeast High School with breakfast and the opportunity to tell their war stories to a young generation.

About 80 students rotated tables and listened in on riveting first-person stories.

There were eyewitness accounts of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, stories of parachuting out of burning planes and suffering capture by the enemy, and explanations of how to disengage roadside bombs known as Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs.

Perry McLeod, a Richland Northeast teacher and founder of documentary projects — “Our Local Greatest Generation,” “Next Greatest Generation,” and “Boots in the School,” among them — organized the event.