Students at Milford High School (MHS) took time to ‘Thank A Vet” during their lunch period on Tuesday, November 10. In honor of the observance on Veterans Day on the following day, students were greeted during lunch by VFW Blue Hen Post 6483 Commander Steve Lorentz, Keith Bauer VFW Auxiliary , MHS teacher and coach and US army veteran Don Parsley and Vice President of Department of Delaware Ladies Auxiliary Colleen Thompson.
“We want to make sure that the students know the background and the sacrifices that veterans have made,” said Thompson. “After serving their country they come back and serve their community.”
In honor of Veterans Day, Milford students signed banners to “Thank a Vet”, to be posted at Blue Hen Post #6483 Milford VFW and Home of the Brave, a local organization in Milford, DE that gives support and shelter to homeless veterans. “The students are always respectful and they want to show that respect by helping to sign the banner each year,” said Thompson.
On Wednesday, veterans from around the nation gave out poppy flowers to remind individuals about the sacrifices that veterans have made. The poppy flower has come to symbolize the blood shed and sacrifice of soldiers and originates from the battle in Flanders Field in Belguim during WWI. A particularly bloody battle, many soldiers were buried at Flanders Field. Red poppy flowers began to grow through the field where white crosses were placed for buried soldiers. The contrast of the red poppy and white crosses was so significant that John McCrae, poet and soldier during WWI, wrote “In Flander Field” describing the site. In 1923 the Veterans of Foreign Wars decided to distribute red poppy flowers in remembrance of all who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Showing additional support throughout the city of Milford, the Milford Rotary Club erected flags across Bicentennial Park along Milford’s Riverwalk, among several monuments dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives defending their country. As part of the national Flags for Heroes program, members of the local community sponsored flags and several displayed the name of a hero on the pole of the flag.