On Oct. 4, my class had the honor of going to the Cole Land Transportation Museum in Bangor to interview veterans. Everyone should interview veterans if they want to understand the sacrifices they made for our country.

I interviewed Edward Leonard, a Vietnam War veteran. Leonard taught me to appreciate the safety and comfort I have when he told me of his life during the war. He said while walking through a swampy area a blade of grass pulled out his grenade pin. He and his whole crew would have been dead had he not looked down at just the right moment and noticed the pin missing. Also, during the war, Leonard had to sleep in a mud-filled hole in the ground. I really appreciate my bed because of what he shared.

All veterans have stories to tell and we can learn a lot from them if we just take the time to interview them. I did, and I’m a more appreciative American for it.

CJ Sudsbury


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