MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - This week, the Madison County Military Heritage Commission rolled out their school outreach initiative called 'The Price of Freedom.'
"American freedom is not free and every generation has had to pay a price to preserve it, protect it and pass it on," says Commission President Bob Marshall. "It's really in our mission to ensure the passing on of that torch; that flame of freedom."
The commission began their venture Wednesday with two 45 minute sessions at Huntsville High School. Thursday, veterans and Military Heritage Commission Hall of Heroes Members Eric Deets, Leonard Robinson, Ken Thompson, Bob Karwoski and Pete Schofield joined Lee High School JROTC students for another Q&A panel.
"I've still got a piece of shrapnel in my neck," Ken Thompson told kids. The 97-year-old co-piloted a B-25 during WWII. When his aircraft came under heavy fire, he was able to keep the nose just over a Japanese ship as they continued their barrage -- and live to tell about it.
"Once you start in you've got to keep going, you couldn't, you know, if you turned you'd just let your belly be riddled," recounted Thompson.