As students shared their interviews with the class, they reflected on how surprised they were to discover the important roles their own relatives played in our country’s history. A few interesting observations from their notes:
"My dad said that even if you weren't fighting in the war, it was difficult to watch it from home. His friends were off fighting, the news would show terrible stories."
"I interviewed my grandpa about WWII. He was young and he said there wasn't much to buy, because all the supplies were going to fighting the war."
"My babysitter lived in Israel most of her life. I interviewed her about the wars she lived through. She said it was stressful when fighting first started, because they had to go into bomb shelters. But she said after a while people in the bomb shelters would talk to each other, play games, and feel comfortable together, even though scary things were happening outside."
"My dad didn't have to fight. He was never drafted. He started out hoping that the U.S. would win the Vietnam War, but as he learned more about what was going on in Vietnam he was less sure we were doing the right thing by being there."
"My uncle went to Afghanistan. He says he fought using empathy. He wasn't actually in battle, but he tried to help people understand their differences to get along better."