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Generation Y meets the Greatest Generation

Students use the interactive exhibits at the museum

Eric Shindelbower/Boeing

Students use the interactive exhibits at the museum to get a hands-on-feel about World War II.

Fifty-one high school students across the country witnessed history in the making after they won essay contests in their home states. The winner of each contest had the chance to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony last week for the National World War II Museum’s new U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

“He told me he was stationed in Germany during the war,” Megan Seibert from Barrington, Ill., said after she spoke with the veteran she was assigned to during the ceremony. “We shouldn’t take for granted all that they did for our country and for the world because it’s a really important thing.”

“It’s been kind of emotionally exhausting,” Natalie Pilgeram from Colbert, Wash., explained. “I never really connected that way before.”

The visit was also emotional for some of the veterans who participated.

Students use the interactive exhibits at the museum

Eric Shindelbower/Boeing

High school students from across the country had a chance to see exhibits up close at the National World War II Museum's new U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center.

“I was a soldier and I did my share,” World War II veteran Lewis Guidry, said. He served with the 78th Infantry Division during the war.

To hear more from Lewis Guidry and the students on this trip, watch the video. To view part 1 of the opening of the Boeing Center click here.