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WWII vet shares stories with Parkway students

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By Stacey Tinsley, stinsley@bossierpress.com

A World War II veteran shared his experiences with Bossier Parish students Thursday, making history come to life.

Whaylon H. Greene from Belcher, La., visited Parkway High School Thursday. He shared his experiences fighting in the Pacific Theater during WWll.

The 94-year-old Greene is the recipient of two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He served in the Thirty-Second Army Infantry Division from 1943-1945.

He said there is nothing pretty about war, but he did what he had to do.

Greene

“The first thing I want the younger generation to understand is that there’s nothing glamorous about war. If I was going to describe war, I would describe it as death, misery, hunger, thirst, fear, those kinds of things,” said Greene.

When asked about friendships he made during the war, Greene was far more enthusiastic.

“What really impressed me was the friends I made and they’ve lasted up until now. There is only a few of us left,” he said. “We still call each other every week.”

Coming to the end of the hour long discussion, Greene was asked his final question: “What would he like to say to the students sitting in the audience about his time in WWll?” 

He responded emotionally saying, “As hard as that war was, this country is worth fighting for.”

Following Greene’s emotional response to his final question, students, faculty and guests rose to their feet with a standing ovation. After the standing ovation, students then proceeded to approached Greene shaking his hand, thanking him for his service then proceeded to look at the many artifacts he brought with him from his time serving in World War ll. 

Wanting to keep appreciation for veterans alive, Greene started the Belcher Veterans Memorial, which honors veterans from all branches and all wars. For more information about Belcher Veterans Memorial, you can visit www.belchermemorial.com.

His visit coincides with a project that has Parkway students researching veterans that graduated from or attended Parkway High School and holding a fundraiser to purchase bricks to be placed at the memorial honoring those veterans.

Students in U.S. History classes are also involved in a project-based learning assignment for the World War II unit and will be creating museum exhibitions, focusing on topics related to the curriculum standards. The “Parkway WWII Museum” exhibit will be on display March 28 for students and visitors to view.

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