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Wolfle students honor veterans
KINGSTON — For one year, Navy Master at Arms 1st Class Jonathan Jordan lived at the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
Bagram, which is about 41 miles from Kabul, was a stark contrast from Washington. The airfield is the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
"There were no trees," Jordan, 33, told a packed Wolfle Elementary Gymnasium, Nov. 8 during the school’s Veterans Day assembly.
Jordan worked at the airfield’s detention facilities for one year. During his deployment, Jordan received care packages from Wolfle students and said the support helped keep him motivated.
"You're continued support … is why I'm here today," Jordan said.
For the support he received, Jordan returned with a gift of his own: the U.S. flag that flew Nov. 3, 2012 at the airbase. He presented the flag and a plaque to Wolfle’s students and staff.
"This is for you," Jordan said.
Port Gamble S'Klallam singers started the event with two honor songs. The assembly also featured students from all grade levels, singing in honor of veterans. Those who served, and some who are still serving, were given the opportunity to be recognized. Port Gamble S'Klallam elder Oliver Jones recalled how long it took him to "make it home." Jones' service included the Vietnam War.
"Every time you honor a veteran, it gets you that much closer to home," Jones said. Of the psychological impacts of war, he said, “It took me 40 years to get home."