Veterans bring history lessons to life

Krystle Wagner • Nov 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Handmade signs thanking veterans for their service were displayed around Michelle Maitner’s class at Lakeshore Middle School on Tuesday.

Throughout the day, members of the American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post 28 and VFW Sgt. Alvin Jonker Post 2326 shared their experiences in the military. Students, veterans and active military members also joined together for the annual lunch to honor their service.

The lunch, in its 14th year, continues to grow and improve every year, Maitner said.

While the students learn about history in class, seventh-grader Jake Roberts said having the opportunity to meet and hear directly from veterans brings the lessons to life.

Seventh-grader Gabe Williams said it’s “cool” getting to learn from the veterans.

Chicago resident Jack Imburgia was among the veterans honored during the lunch. He drove to Grand Haven to spend time with his granddaughter, seventh-grader Naomi Stonesifer, and to honor his fellow veterans.

Stonesifer, 12, said she enjoyed that her grandfather was able to attend the event and be with her.

Imburgia, who entered the military at age 18, served one year in the U.S. Navy before spending three years in the Marine Corps. He served in an infantry unit during the Vietnam War.

Stonesifer thanked all veterans for their service to our country.

“Thank you for what you did because, without you, we wouldn’t get to live the way we do,” she said.

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