Last Friday, November 3rd, as part of our work on Remembrance Day and life during wartime, we were extremely fortunate to have a visit from some war veterans. These veterans live at Friendship Village which is a project run jointly by the US and Vietnam to promote peace and repair relationships after the war. The residents in this village are adults and children who have been affected by Agent Orange.
The students in Year 5 and Year 11 asked the veterans lots of questions about what life was like during the war. We found out that although life was difficult and often scary, friendship and comradery supported them throughout. The children found it fascinating and learnt so much. Si Hu in Year 5 said “We were very lucky to have them visit because we were able to find out lots about what life was like during the war.”
Most importantly, the main message from the veterans was one of hope and peace. They told us to love and respect others no matter who they are or where they are from and to work for peace together.
Emma Burden, Year 5 Teacher