On November 10th, students at Grass Lake School participated in many activities to learn about Veteran's Day. Each branch of the Armed Forces was covered as students followed a five station rotation. Some of the things they learned were the history of the poppy and why Veteran's still hand them out today and how to fold an American Flag properly. A big highlight was the presentation and visit from Lieutenant Colonel Bernard J. Smith!
Lieutenant Colonel Bernie Smith was born and raised in Antioch, IL, and commissioned in the USAF in 1969 through the ROTC program at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA. His initial assignment following pilot training was to Vietnam flying the C-123K. He was a Pilot/Instructor in the B-52D and FB-111A prior to the SR-71A/B. During his AF career his awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with Ten Oak Leaf Clusters. He retired from the AF in 1989 as Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the 9 SRW, Beale AFB, CA and joined American Airlines.
In 2007 Bernie retired from American having flown B727, B737, S80 and B777 for over 18 years. He received a degree in Mathematics from Coe College in 1969 and a Masters in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, in 1976. Bernie has over 12,000 hours of military/civilian flying time including over 1,000 hours in the SR-71A/B.
Here's a few pictures from the day: