Military Service: From the View of Young LG Soldiers

On Monday, November 19, LHS English teacher Mendee Sodolak thought that it would be a good idea to bring in a couple of her former students, Eric and Cole Ostrander, to speak to her senior classes. The reason was, after hearing from the older local veterans who have served our country during various Veterans Day programs recently, Sodolak wanted her students to hear from some people to whom they might be able to better relate: former students only a couple of years older than those currently sitting in the classroom.

One interesting tidbit about the Ostrander brothers is that each of them chose a different branch of the military to serve in: Eric, LHS class of 2015, chose the United States Coast Guard, and Cole, LHS class of 2017, chose the United States Marine Corps. Typically when family members enlist, they tend to all serve in the same branch as a ‘family tradition.’ Not only did these boys choose different branches, but they also serve in different branches from their grandfathers and father. Their paternal grandfather served in the US Air Force during World War II and their maternal grandfather served as an US Army Colonel in World War II and the Korean War. Both of the boys’ parents were military brats, who moved around the world with their career military officer fathers. Despite never having met their grandfathers, the stories that were passed down about the two men served as additional inspiration for the boys to serve their country. Their father and was drafted in the early 1970s and served in the U.S. Army.

 

 

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