Service & Sacrifice: Medal of Honor classroom pillars
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Part of the mission of Medal of Honor recipients now is to encourage younger generations to embrace those character traits even if they never put on a uniform. 9-4-14
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00:03 I. French horn player -- Davis and his middle school
00:12 classmates started long before summer preparing. I hero's welcome for America's
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00:27 National medal of honor when it. Third recipient. There you heard
00:32 Rachel correct herself they are recipients. Not winners of the medal
00:37 of honor. Getting that right is important and so too is
00:41 learning the stories of the military men who have received the
00:44 nation's highest award for valor in combat. Someone going into fourth
00:49 place full of machine then we're used to write. Com. He
00:55 would never be able to do that night I can't relate
00:59 killing. With a point is that we put in front of
01:02 them pictures of a real life heroes. That represented characteristic that
01:08 that we want that and actually enjoy it. In their and
01:11 their daily lives. Teachers call those character traits life killers like
01:16 courage integrity and service. This is what we want our heroes
01:20 to look like. And -- think about people in your life
01:23 that. You know the you don't have to carry -- you
01:26 don't have to be where you got to be an athlete
01:28 to be hero. I. Appreciate life. The medal of honor character
01:36 education programs stretching well beyond the halls of cedar bluff middle
01:40 school Knox County has trained more than 200 teachers in it.
01:45 And the program is in schools across the country. This is.
01:50 Is and it earned. -- -- medal of honor recipients at
01:55 last year's convention in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. Took time to head into
02:00 high school classrooms. World War II recipient Herschel Woody Williams received
02:05 a medal for storming enemy bunkers with a flame thrower and
02:09 saving the lives of fellow Marines. Cash. Well you. It. His
02:19 visit was meant to inspire students reminding them that courage comes
02:24 from within and reinforcing a school curriculum. Centered on doing what
02:28 is right. We've also been able to related to our community
02:33 and our school. To stop bowling. You're happy. You know --
02:38 -- yeah. Back in Knoxville preparing to welcome the nation's heroes
02:48 takes practice and perseverance. Another set of life pilgrims taught in
02:53 classrooms where character not only counts. It's part of the lesson
02:57 plan. The.
The stories of America's Medal of Honor recipients are more than lessons in history, they are a study of character traits like courage, perseverance, and self sacrifice
"I do see some 'ah ha' moments, especially when we were doing projects on personal heroes," said Timothy Smith who helped launch the Medal of Honor Character Development Program at Cedar Bluff Middle School in Knox County.
The district has already trained dozens of teachers in how to incorporate the free program into their classrooms. Even more are expected to attend training classes next week that center on using some of America's greatest stories of heroism and bravery to encourage students to put some of those same traits into practice in their own lives.
"So there are easy connections there you know, sticking up for someone who is not being treated rightly," said Mr. Smith in an interview just before summer break.
He and his fellow teachers at Cedar Bluff Middle have prepared for months to welcome Medal of Honor recipients to their school for a visit next week. It will mark a momentous day for that school community but with the Character Development Program already in place next week will be a reward that they hope will perpetuate a legacy of service among the students even if they never put on a military uniform.