Youngsters at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School recently had the chance to meet two veterans at a special assembly held in recognition of Remembrance Day and Veterans’ Day.
At the event held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, coordinated by Graham Walker, students heard from Captain Dale Banks, a retired member of the United States Air Force (USAF) and the current President of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association, a press release states. He was assisted by fellow veteran Loxley Banks, also a retiree from the United States Air Force, who served as the head of Radio Cayman for many years.
During their presentation the veterans shared their experiences of serving in the United States Air Force and the war in Vietnam. They also spoke about the impact of the war on the Cayman Islands and the other countries involved and on the extent of the fatalities.
The presenters also informed the students about the poppy drive and who benefits from the proceeds. According to the release, the students were very receptive to the two veterans and took advantage of the chance to ask questions.
Students at the school also got to learn about diabetes and eating right at another special assembly presented in association with the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens’ Diabetes Awareness week. According to a press release, Damieon White, a pharmacist with West Bay Pharmacy and a diabetes educator, gave an enlightening presentation to the school body on diabetes and the importance of proper nutrition to either prevent or control the disease.
After the presentation, to bring the lesson home Lions Club of Tropical Gardens representatives in attendance, Melrose Gooding and Chad Powery, were on hand to award students with prizes for correctly answering quiz questions.