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Veteran’s Day 2014 – BCI 6th grade

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On Tuesday, November 11, Colonel Joe St. Romain of the U.S. Marine Corps visited Bixby Central Intermediate and gave a multimedia presentation to several 6th grade classes. He spoke about his time in Iraq and the challenges he and his fellow soldiers faced while serving in that country. He also gave an insightful look at the history of the Marines, from their founding in 1775 where they battled Barbary pirates to their current  role in the combating terrorism. In addition, he gave some background on the USMC sword, the Mameluke, which was originally a gift from Prince Hamet of the Ottoman Empire to 1st Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon in gratitude of the Marines’ service in the Battle of Derme in 1805. This is the sword that Marines still carry today. The 6th grade students left with a greater understanding of what it means to be a veteran and the sacrifices that these men and women have made for our country.

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