Grandview Elementary students welcomed a Marine from the "Why we Serve Speakers Program" Wednesday.
The "Why We Serve Speakers Program" has been up and running since August 2006. The way it works...veterans from all commands and branches are nominated. The pentagon then chooses 10 to 12 individuals to travel the country sharing their personal story.
"Its an honor to share those experiences with them I know that they don't get to hear alot of the personal stories about military members...so to share those personal stories ..to be one on one with them and answer the questions they have is a great thing to be able to do," says first Lieutenant Tabitha White, the speaker at Grandview Elementary.
"I think its important we have a presentation like this because our kids have so many questions we think they dont hear everything thats going on and they know alot but they only hear bits and pieces and that fragmented information leaves them with alot of fears and concerns," says Erin Bohanan, a teacher at Grandview.
1LT White has a couple of more weeks of touring before heading back to her unit. She has an extensive military background that had quite the influence on her career.
1LT White says, "my military background starts with my family, my grand dad was a Marine in 1943 he was a member of the first black brigade..to be enlisted in to the Marine Corps starting with him I have five other family members in other branches of the military and when I chose to serve I wanted to be a part of that legacy and also I just wanted to be a part of protecting our country and protecting the freedom and liberties we have here."