FHS Celebrates Veteran’s Day with an alumnus guest speaker

Release Date: November 13th, 2011

Fishers High School was fortunate to celebrate Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 with Bill Myers, FHS Class of 1948, an Air Force veteran of 20 years. Approximately 700 students heard his stories of life in military service, based on his own experiences as well as those of other former Fishers Tigers.

Myers trained at Fort Benjamin Harrison and served at seven different bases, including two overseas tours, one in Japan and one in Turkey. He was a court reporter as well as an engineering tech, working in military courts and on SAC (Strategic Air Command) bases during the Cold War. He retired with the rank of master sergeant, and earned a Meritorious Service Medal, the highest honor given to a serviceman in a non-combat role.

Myers’ talk centered on the theme, what is a hero? He spoke of Medal of Honor winners in WWI, WWII and just last month in Afghanistan. He captivated the students with stories, telling about his ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War and Civil War as well as tales of other Mudsock veterans who served with distinction through the years. A favorite story was about a FHS student who buzzed the high school on a training mission. The teacher fainted when she saw her students hanging out the second story windows!

All U.S. history, government and law education students attended the talks. Social studies teacher and department chair Deborah Hejl said the students were impressed with his experiences and asked questions at the end of the presentation. At the conclusion, many students came forward to shake his hand and to thank him for his service to our country. As one student put it, “It was so valuable to hear the experiences first-hand. Veterans have risked everything for our freedoms.”

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