Students from Flower Mound School spent Monday morning learning about the sacrifices and heroism of veterans of the wars in Korea and Vietnam.
Fourth- and fifth-graders from the school visited the war memorials honoring the veterans of those two conflicts. At each memorial, veterans spoke about their experiences and the personal meaning of the memorial.
Flower Mound teacher Kathy Talley said the purpose of the field trip was to give the students background information for their upcoming Veteran's Day program in November.
She said it's important for them to hear first-hand from veterans about their experiences while they are still with us.
Vietnam veteran Randy Dunham gave a presentation at the Vietnam Memorial. He talked about the nature of monuments and memorials. He said that Lawton's Vietnam Memorial is more than just a memorial, but also a "welcome home" tribute to Vietnam vets and a place of reflection and learning for the community.
Dunham said it is important for veterans to tell their stories to future generations so their legacy of sacrifice will be passed on.
He gave the students a brief history of the Vietnam War, and invited them to spend some time talking with the veterans gathered in the park with them.