Veterans Visits Help Make a Connection

Veterans Visits Help Make a Connection photo

During the week of Sept. 19, students at Deauville Gardens West connected with veterans both near and far. To help the students begin working on their projects for the Town of Babylon’s Veterans Awareness Week Essay Contest, the veterans answered questions and spoke about their time in the military.

On Sept. 19, students in Yolanda Jamiolkowski and Samantha O’Neill’s third-grade class and students in Dana Felicetti’s fourth-grade class had the Google Hangout with U.S. Army Sgt. Jose Pagan. He showed some of the gear he would use while deployed, as well as medals he earned. He talked about how the Army stresses the importance of respect, discipline and teamwork and how the students should use those lessons in their daily lives. 

Master Sgt. Chris Geackel visited with different classes in grades three through five on Sept. 20 to talk about his time serving in the Air Force. Geackel, who is a Copiague graduate, currently works as the night custodian at Deauville Gardens West. He worked as a chief education and training officer in the Air Force and served 23 years all around the world. Students asked him about his job and some of the favorite places he was stationed.

Fourth-graders in Megan Moore and Kate Castellano’s class had a special visit from U.S. Navy veteran Harold Murray, who is also Moore’s grandfather. Murray is a Korean War veteran who loved traveling the world during his four years of service. He served on the USS Wallace L. Lind 703 and was a member of the engineering crew.