Our paper-mache Hindenburgs ended up resembling torpedoes rather than blimps, but that was in part because our original form was too cylindrical. Still, the kids enjoyed painting them as best they could to match the original German zeppelin.
But the high point of the afternoon was meeting Grandpa George. George arrived in his Army uniform and greeted the kids with a smile, then, "All right, troops! It's time for inspection! Line up!"
He brought with him stories of his service and visual aids: a World War II Army helmet, shovel, pick-axe, mess kit, and a lovely photograph of him and his wife at their 1943 wedding. George entered the Army in 1943 and was trained for European service, but an untimely foot infection led to his assignment stateside. He served in a prisoner-of-war camp guarding German prisoners. He told how his group of German soldiers were quite amicable. Two-hundred fifty Germans had surrendered in France to the Americans, making the calculated choice that being an American prisoner was far preferable to being transferred to the Russian front.
Our Truth Treasure Hunters listened to George with shining eyes. After reading about the battles of World War II, they were ready to appreciate meeting a veteran. I was very touched to hear George conclude his visit by saying, "I would serve again if they called on me to do so. I would do it for you kids. Even now soldiers are serving to keep you free."
Coming up for Truth Treasure Hunters: Code breaking, FDR's Declaration of War speech, and preparation for our USO Night Unit 2 Celebration.