METUCHEN — Mrs. Gonzalez and Mrs. Anderson’s fourth graders at Campbell Elementary School in Metuchen welcomed a special visitor to their class this week in honor of Veteran’s Day, which was celebrated Monday, Nov. 11.
Mrs. Anderson’s father, Major Vincent J. Maligno (retired) gave a history lesson on the meaning of the holiday and its importance to our country. Maligno discussed how the United States has fought in wars throughout its history to protect our country from its enemies. The students listened attentively as Maligno told them that Armistice Day was first celebrated in 1919, on the anniversary of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918 at 11 a.m. After the Korean War, the holiday became known as Veteran’s Day to honor the service of veterans in all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
Maligno is an Air Force veteran who fought in the Vietnam War. He shared his wartime experiences as well as the medals he earned during his time serving our country. The students enjoyed his visit so much that Maligno has agreed to return in December to honor Pearl Harbor Day with another history lesson. The students are already making a list of questions to ask.
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