Mr. Roger Neighborgall is a World War II veterinarian who now lives in
On Friday, April 13, Neighborgall, accompanied by professional historian and personal best friend David Shelby, visited George Mason to talk to students about his service, the war, and share with us his personal stories.
Neighborgall and Shelby displayed a PowerPoint full of facts, Neighborgall’s personal historic facts (pictured below), and then students were given the chance to listen.
Listening to Mr. Neighborgall was an opportunity that not many took for granted. He shared stories about his childhood and times during the war. He captured our attention just by the content of his stories and memories; students of all grades were intently listening. His stories were funny and real, and he seemed to remember the tiniest details.
Junior Jade Taylor who attended the speech with her U.S. History class said that, “It was really interesting to hear about his experience in World War 2. It was unique to hear about it from someone who was there, when, in the future there won’t be any more veterans to share their story, which is very unfortunate.”
Displayed on the PowerPoint was Neighborgall’s Mission Statement: “There are not many of us left who can talk about our experiences and I want the younger generation to know what World War II was about.”
Shelby and Neighborgall visit schools around the area to complete that mission statement. Neighborgall tells all the students he visits about his service, and is very humble about his awards and achievements, however; they do not go unrecognized for they are stated on the handout given when students enter.
One point that Neighborgall made was about his visits to our particular school. He shared with us that back when Mr. Robert Snee was principal, Neighborgall came almost every year to talk to a new group of Mustangs. Though since Mr. Bird has been principal, he has not been every year which is something he would like to do.
“I would like to see this happen for the younger classes so that they can have the same opportunity that we had, since it was such an experience which I’m glad we got to listen to him talk,” said Junior Rachel Baker who has known Mr. Neighborgall for many years.
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