Tina Minard, the Grade 1/2 teacher at James Faulkner Elementary School in Stoddard, invited Retired Coast Guard Veteran Geoff Jones of Stoddard to come into her classroom in observance of Veterans Day. Her students were spellbound by his pictures and his stories of his time in the service. He told stories of why he wanted to join the Coast Guard, showed photos of his time on the ship, of Vietnamese children on the ship, and of hosting a Thanksgiving for the Vietnamese children. He also shared with the students a letter that he wrote home to his parents during this time.
At the end of his presentation, Veteran Jones taught the first and second grade students how to get into formation, how to salute correctly, and how to fold the American Flag.
Photo 1: (from left to right) Folding the American Flag
Photo 2: Retired Coast GuardVeteran Geoff Jones and presents the flag to student in honor of her birthday.