Students had the opportunity during a Vet-Connect program to learn about real history with real people who had lived their lives during the history that was being studied.
At Newnan High School, the History and Social Studies Department holds the Vet-Connect in December and May so that students “get the idea history is real”, said history department teacher and chair Steve Quesinberry.
According to Quesinberry, the event is a way of bringing history to life, and veterans connect with students while sharing their stories.
The recent Vet-Connect featured approximately 75 veterans who shared stories and memorabilia from their time spent in the armed forces. The event included a World War II veteran who was part of the landing at Normandy while serving aboard the USS Emmons.
World War II veteran Grover McMichael served in the US Navy, and had the rank of Solar Technician Third Class. He has participated in the Vet-Connect sessions before, as he recognizes that World War II veterans are dying off and the story needs to be told.