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    Hickam Elementary hosts 'The Greatest Generation'

    Pearl Harbor survivors talk with students

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz | Pearl Harbor survivor Bob Addobati tells Hickam Elementary students stories from his...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz 

    15th Wing Public Affairs

    JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – On a normal school day, students from Hickam Elementary receive history lessons from their teachers.

    However, on Dec. 3, they had a chance to speak to individuals who are actually in their history books; as members from "The Greatest Generation" visited and spent their day at the school.

    The visit marks the second time the Pearl Harbor survivors have visited Hickam Elementary, and allowed students to learn more about the attack on Pearl Harbor from individuals who were there in person.

    “Our students were able to experience living history by interacting with these remarkable men,” said Alisa Estrella Bender, Hickam Elementary School principal. “Their personal stories and shared experiences gave our students greater awareness to honor, sacrifice and patriotic duty.”

    One of the students who were fortunate enough to speak with the survivors was fifth grader Chloe Malone, who said having the opportunity to speak to the survivors is something she will always remember.

    “Listening to the survivors allowed us to learn more about the event from their perspective,” said Malone. “I would like to thank them for their service, and anyone who is currently in the military as well.”

    After hearing stories about the attack on Pearl Harbor and fielding various questions from the students, the Pearl Harbor survivors enjoyed a school lunch and even attended a formal concert.

    Songs from students ranging from kindergarten to sixth grade filled the concert hall, bringing tears to many eyes in the room. After the songs ended, survivors gave thanks to the children for their performances. Although the room was loud seconds earlier, one could hear a pin drop as the survivors gave thanks and made their way back to the shuttle which brought them to Hickam Elementary.

    Principal Bender quoted former President John F. Kennedy and said: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

    “For us, we were reminded to live our gratitude for what these men, as well as other veterans have done for our nation,” said Bender.

    Although the "Greatest Generation" will be very busy with next year’s 75th remembrance, they said they would make time and come back to Hickam Elementary.

    “We would be honored to have them back next year,” said Principal Bender. “It touched our hearts when they said they wanted to come back to Hickam Elementary School again.”



    Date Taken: 12.07.2015
    Date Posted: 12.07.2015 22:09
    Story ID: 183774
    Location: HONOLULU, HI, US 

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