BY LOUISE R. SHAW
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL – Reed Maynard said he hasn’t talked too much with his grandchildren about his Navy service.
“I try and tell them the good things,” he said.
“It helps them have a positive connection with our country,” added his wife, Sylvia Maynard.
The two were invited to a special event at Valley View Elementary on Thursday, Nov. 14, where veterans and their spouses were treated to breakfast and a program that included their stories as recorded by their grandchildren.
The theme of the morning event was: “Serving those who serve.”
“I think they should know about world events,” said Richard Tonneson, who served on a destroyer and was in the reserves for 12 years. “It might make them better citizens.”
“I have such a passion for this,” said Debbie Ericson, a parent who coordinated the event in conjunction with Veterans Day.
“I heard once that when an old person dies it’s like a library burning down. You need to know about history not just from a book, but from real people,” she said.
A hall display showed memorabilia from a number of wars and variety of military services that students had collected from home.
By giving the children an opportunity to learn about and honor their own relatives, it links the generations, she said.
“Many have passed away,” she said, “but what they did lives on and we’re not going to forget them.”