Black Hawk landing thrills crowd at school
A Black Hawk helicopter makes a special appearance at Adler Park Elementary School's observance of Veterans Day. | Michelle LaVigne ~ Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 14, 2013 4:47PM
LIBERTYVILLE — Adler Park Elementary School students got the thrill of a lifetime last week when they marked the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 8.
A Black Hawk helicopter landed in the parking lot of Libertyville’s Adler Park Pool as students, parents and teachers watched in amazement.
Excitement was high even before the landing. “I can’t wait to see the helicopter,” Alessia Neely, 6, said as she jumped up and down and clapped her hands.
Anticipation built to a fever pitch and exploded with cheers once the helicopter was spotted overhead.
Though the landing was a safe distance away from the crowd, leaves swirled upward and blew into the faces of the onlookers as the helicopter’s massive rotors turned.
Students later got a chance to get a closer look and even go inside the Black Hawk.
But first it was time to hear from Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Guyot, a National Guardsman who explained the meaning and importance of Veterans Day.
Guyot ,who completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, told a moving story about what it means to be a hero and the sacrifices of those who serve in the armed forces.
A hero is not Superman or LeBron James or Michael Jordan, Guyot said. Heroes are “ordinary people doing extraordinary things,” he said.
Guyot was honest about the hardships of war. He told stories of soldiers who were wounded or killed to illustrate for students the significance of the national holiday.
Friday’s events were the brainchild of Adler Park teacher Elizabeth Davis. A family friend is retired military and arranged for the helicopter landing.
“We wanted to show the kids that this holiday is just as important as the ones that get much more attention, like Halloween or Thanksgiving,” Davis said.