BANGOR – The Cole Land Transportation Museum hosts hundreds of school children from around the state every year, who take part in the veteran-student interview program.
Around 250 Bangor eighth graders participated this year, as they have for at least two decades. Four reflected on what D-Day means to them after interviewing someone who has served.
“Being there it would have been very scary,” said Hannah, a 14-year-old. “It’s impressing how many soldiers fought and how many died fighting for our country.”
Her classmates agreed.
“So many soldiers lost their lives, especially at Omaha Beach and it was just an awful event,” said Sadie Harrow.
The ripple effects of the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy changed the course of the war, said Ethan Partal
“If we didn’t do that, take the Nazis totally out of France, who knows the Nazis could have ruled Europe by now,” he said. “That would have been not too good.”
The Cole Land Transportation Museum program helps the students learn first-hand history, while giving veterans a way to tell their individual stories.
“I think it’s a very powerful and true story that people should know about so that we don’t risk it happening again,” said classmate Andres Casetellanos.
“They really saved our world,” Harrow said of those who served.