Residents and staffers of the Delaware Valley Veterans Home on Southampton Road had some special visitors on Dec. 19. A color guard stood at attention as Gov. Tom Corbett and his wife, Susan, entered to extend holiday greetings to veterans and hand out Christmas cards signed by the staff of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Entertaining the vets with holiday songs were members of the Nazareth Academy Charter High School’s choir. PHOTOS BY MARIA POUCHNIKOVA
U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr. have introduced a bill to rename the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, at 3900 Woodland Ave. in West Philadelphia, in memory of Army Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz, a Cardinal Dougherty High School graduate who earned the Medal of Honor for bravery in the Vietnam War.
When I was in high school there was a course called “Vietnam.” It was a class devoted to the history of the conflict and its effect on our nation. Guest speakers, all veterans of Vietnam, visited the class regularly to retell their war experiences. It afforded students the opportunity to learn things that weren’t in the textbooks, but it especially enabled them to form a complex human connection to a group of people often marginalized, even vilified, by history and the popular media.