Commander, Submarine Group Two

GROTON, Conn. – Electronics Technician First Class Craig Herb, Yeoman Second
Class Jose Almonte and Logistics Specialist Second Class Jose Samayoa, speak
to students of the Harbor Elementary School in New London about the
importance of Veterans Day and what it means to each of them. The Sailors, from
SUBASE and CSG Two answered numerous questions during the event, ranging
from how long they have been in the Navy to what the ribbons on their uniforms meant.
SUBASE New London Sailors Visit Harbor Elementary to Teach Students about Veterans Day

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Three Sailors from Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London and Commander, Submarine Group 2 attended Harbor Elementary School to meet with students to explain their role in the U.S. Navy and the importance of honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 3.

Michele Han, principal of Harbor Elementary School emphasized the importance of the Sailors' participation in their school activities to educate them about the meaning of Veterans' Day.

"It was wonderful having the Sailors participate in Harbor School's Town Meetings. They served as role-models for our students and provided an important connection to the importance of the Veterans Day holiday. We greatly appreciate their willingness to participate in our school activities," said Han.

Electrician Technician 1st Class (SS) Craig Herb, Naval Submarine Base Port Operations Department was one of the SUBASE Sailors who took part in the school visit, which he hopes to repeat in the near future.

"I really loved getting the chance to visit and help out the school. I really look forward to the opportunity to return and support this member of our community," said Herb.

Two other Sailors, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Jose Samayoa and Yeoman 2nd Class (SS) Jose Almonte also participated in the school event.

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade attended various assemblies to listen to the Sailors explain their job in the Navy and the importance of honoring our veterans Nov. 11 of every year.

On a regular basis, Naval Submarine Base New London Sailors engage with area schools to educate students about the military and support classroom learning.

"The community has been very supportive of our Sailors and families and it's a good opportunity for our Sailors to give back in a positive way while they are stationed here," said Miranda Chapman, Naval Submarine Base New London school liaison.

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I, when the main hostilities were silenced at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Congress modified the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day Nov. 8, 1964.