WWII vet speaks to students

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WWII veteran Ray Urban, Jr., spoke to students at Green Acres Middle School Friday morning. He explained the famous poster of the sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square and how numerous men have claimed to be the “Kissing Sailor.”

World War II veteran and retired Marine Corps Master Sgt. Ray Urban, Jr., spoke to 8th graders in Laura Jorgensen’s and Jo Carter’s English classrooms Friday morning.

He shared with the students a first-hand account of what is was like to serve his country during wartime.

Urban, 93-years-old and a Bossier Sheriff’s Office Posse member, served in the Marine Corps in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

He speaks to young people to ensure they know what generations before them did in order to keep this country free by sharing stories and real-life experiences of military men and women who served in battle. He also encourages young people to honor their country, be thankful for what they have and to carry the torch of service to their nation when it is their time to answer the call.

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington calls Urban a true patriot.

“Men like Ray Urban are what make this country great,” said Whittington. “He served his country for so many years in the military and now serves his community as an outstanding Posse member. He exemplifies patriotism, selflessness and dedication to duty, and it is a tremendous blessing to know he is sharing his experiences with our young people.”