Storytime with veterans

Contributed by Marianne Hill
Point of Fork Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

It was hard to tell who had the best time, children, parents or the veterans at the Fluvanna Library on Thursday, Nov. 10. Local veterans Fred Lewis (Army) and Joe Childress (Navy) brought books, pictures, military caps and a patch jacket to share with the kids, but mostly they brought their experiences and stories to share. 

Library Director Cyndi Hoffman and Children’s Programming Specialist Erinn Henning led the event which was co-sponsored by the library and the Point of Fork Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Erinn read a book called “A Veterans Day Party” and was assisted by Lewis and Childress with tales of their military history and also of their children and grandchildren who are still active in the military. Childress taught the youngsters to salute and all recited the “Pledge of Allegiance.” 

After that the group sang happy birthday to Lewis who turned 96 years on Nov. 16.  After the story time children worked on crafts and talked individually with both veterans. The kids asked questions and talked about members of their families that have been in the military. Respect and patriotism were alive and well in Fluvanna County.

The library provided wonderful Veterans Day coloring books and a military coin while the DAR donated small flags for all to take home. 

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