GREEN BAY - More than one thousand students from around Northeast Wisconsintraveled back in time at the Lambeau Field atrium Friday.
They took part in "Education Day” - an opportunity to tourLZ Lambeau exhibits and chat one on one with veterans.
Crowds of students milled about to learn about a war that begandecades before they were born.
“We wanted to provide them a forum where they could comelearn about the war,” said Jeff Kollath with the WisconsinVeterans Museum.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum set up displays of items broughtback from Vietnam.
And veterans brought them to life with stories of how they wereused.
“We show them some of the tools we used over there-notonly for defense but in order to live,” Vietnam VeteranMichael Hoks of New London.
Learning about the war made an impact on the hundreds ofstudents who passed through.
“I’m glad we’re here to honor it,” saidMax Klessig, a student at Horace Mann Middle School.
Students also toured the Moving Wall to honor fallenveterans.
“It's refreshing to know that young people are coming heretoday to acquaint themselves with the sacrifice that people gaveforty years ago,” said Education Day tour guide KCJohnson.
Some students fulfilled a class assignment at the wall aimed atpreserving the memory of area veterans.
”We have to find the nine vets on the wall that have diedfrom Kewaunee County and rub their name,” said Cayla Thiry, astudent at Luxemburg-Casco High School.
A tour of a military vehicle display was also on the agenda.
Students said learning about the Vietnam War from the actualveterans themselves was much more interesting than reading about itin a book.
“It's really personal to the people so we really feel whatthey're meaning,” said Haley Bowers, a student at Black CreekMiddle School.
These students say they now have more respect for people whoserved during the Vietnam War era... and any other war for thatmatter.
“It's amazing how people can be that courageous for ourcountry,” said Thiry.
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