Created by Alex and Chelsey from Jefferson County North High School in Winchester, Kansas
Teacher: Ms. Penny Linscott
Title: The Brave
Theme: Veterans Day
Special thanks to the following veterans for visiting our workshop and speaking; Tom Farr who (WWII) and Andy Olson (Vietnam War), Staff Sergeant Wilson, Lieutenant Rollins, and Katrina Fraife.
Sponsor and Workshop Host: The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
What is your artwork about? We brought different patterns together to represent all the different men and women that come together to serve our country.
If you could pick anywhere for this artwork to be exhibited what place(s) would you pick? Washington D.C. or Chicago
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.-Mark TwainAmerica’s military veterans are the backbone of our nation. If it were not for our veterans and their service to our country, our civil rights, democracy, and the sacred values we cherish most would be but a skiff made of paper on turbulent seas. Few people realize the sacrifices they have endured throughout history—and continue to suffer today. These brave men and women, in times of prosperity and in times of calamity, made the choice to serve our country and protect our greatest asset: freedom. Because of this, it is essential students learn why “thanking a veteran” is more than just a trite remark or overused cliché, our veterans are vitally important to our country.
The students that become involved in this project will learn of the significant impact and essential role veterans play in our society. In addition, they, too, will learn how to show their support and gratitude to the men and women in uniform. If we were to boil this program down to a succinct statement or central theme, the timeless words of President John F. Kennedy are most fitting, who stated in his inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1961, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” Kennedy’s bold declaration is at the heart of this program.
Therefore, we here at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site implore you to send your students to our program on veterans. They will not only learn history, they will learn how to apply these lessons into their daily lives and community.