First Coast High and other local schools in Jacksonville are planning to honor Vietnam veterans in a big way. The event, set to take place on April 27th from 12 noon to 2 pm, will feature a screening of a documentary with a significant crowd of students in attendance. The school is also holding a rehearsal for the tech crew and the NJROTC students, who will present the colors and pay honor to the veterans.
The event is being organized by First Coast News reporter Jeannie Blaylok. She is encouraging Vietnam veterans to attend and participate. Veterans can contact Jeannie at [email protected] or call her at 904-361-8289 to attend these rare events with high school students.
One of the unique aspects of this event is that students will have the opportunity to ask the veterans some questions. However, the veterans coming can just be present, and they don’t have to speak at all if that’s their preference. The aim is to give students a chance to learn from veterans and honor their service to our country.
Jeannie Blaylok plans to make a list of all schools that are taking part in this event and will welcome veterans at other schools. She just needs to know which veterans would like to come to which school.
The We Can Be Heroes Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to veterans, has offered to help if needed. Beth Heath, the foundation’s representative, said, “May God bless and protect America’s Veterans. We Can Be Heroes Foundation would love to be of any assistance to Veterans in this endeavor and they can contact us at 904 705-6439.”
This event is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn from veterans and honor their service to our country. If you are a
Vietnam veteran or know someone who is and would like to attend, please contact Jeannie Blaylok to get involved. Let’s show our gratitude and appreciation for these brave men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom.