March Live Chat

The War Memorial Center education program presents three live chats in March for students in grades 6–8 and high school and above. With registration, educators will receive a pre-program digital packet to review with students beforehand. Students will be able to ask questions during our program through our moderator. Space is limited to 100/program – register today!

Thursday, March 25,
8:50-9:30 am

Students in grades 9-12 and college only

Medal of Honor Day:
Live chat on Zoom with Medal of Honor recipient Gary G. Wetzel

Milwaukee Medal of Honor Recipient Gary G. Wetzel will talk about his experiences as a helicopter gunner in the Vietnam War and the circumstances under which he earned the U.S. military’s highest award for valor. Students will answer questions via a moderated QnA.

Pre-program digital packet:

Lesson plan, 9-12/college: Above and Beyond, Gary G. Wetzel, Medal of Honor Recipient
Worksheet 1: The Six Core Values of the Medal of Honor
Worksheet 2: How to Talk to Veterans

Register below to get the meeting link and program materials.

Friday, March 26,
9-9:45 am

Students in grades 9-12 and college only

The Latino Service Experience + Live Chat

This live chat will take place on the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the American GI Forum, the Congressionally-chartered Hispanic veterans and civil rights organization. These Milwaukee veterans will answer questions: George Banda, U.S. Army, Vietnam Veteran and Silver Star recipient; and Yolanda Medina, U.S. Marine Corps, Cold War Veteran, Director of Military and Veteran Resource Center, UW–Milwaukee.

Pre-program digital packet for one of two lessons:

LESSON 1: “Getting Our Voices Heard:” Latino Americans in Vietnam

This lesson explores the experience of Latino servicemen in Vietnam, including George Banda, focusing on the question of service and commitment despite discrimination.

Pre-program materials:

Lesson plan, 2-3 class periods
Worksheet 1: Video discussion: “The Draft On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam,” PBS; Video discussion: Interviews with Latino Vietnam veterans from Milwaukee, PBS; article discussion: “The Humble Hero,” Milwaukee Independent.
Worksheet 2: How to Talk to Veterans

LESSON 2: Forging Your Own Path: One Woman’s Story of Lifelong Growth

This lesson explores the personal growth and progress of Yolanda Medina, Cold War veteran who
served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1981 to 1985. Although Medina joined the Marines because of her boyfriend, she would come to see how that decision put her on her own path toward self-realization.

Pre-program materials:

Lesson plan, 2-3 class periods
Wisconsin Veterans Museum interview transcript
Worksheet 1: 25 discussion questions
Worksheet 2: How to Talk to Veterans

Register below to get the meeting link and program materials.

Monday, March 29,
9-9:45 am

Students in grades 5–8 only

National Vietnam War
Veterans Day Live Chat

Meet local Vietnam War veterans and thank them for their service on this day commemorating all U.S.

military veterans who served during the Vietnam War. Students will be able to ask questions.

Pre-program digital packet:

Google Slides presentation
Worksheet: How to Talk to a Veteran

Register below to get the meeting link and program materials.

Milwaukee County War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

(414) 273-5533
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