Life Lessons Learned by Veterans

An article was recently featured in The Town Crier News, published on October 25th, 2016. To read the original article, please click here.

For those of us who have never served in the military, it’s hard to fathom the experience. We asked veterans living at Vriendschap Village to share the life lessons they learned and felt were the most important

• Paul Zylstra (Pictured) learned to, “Obey orders and perform your duties,” during his time as a Corporal and instructor for light anti-aircraft artillery in the U.S. Marines.
• Donald R. Van Der Pol served in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sergeant. He learned to “obey and follow commands of those in authority over you and to do your job, as best as you can and be patriotic.”
• Melvin Rouwenhorst learned there is no place like the USA. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army and earned two bronze stars during the Korean War.
• Larry Enghers, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army National Guard, learned to take orders and accomplish the task at hand. He said those skills became a driving force in his life.
• As a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Marlyn G. Klimstra learned discipline, which he applied to his future career with Pella Corp. He retired as Vice President.
• Lloyd Brand obtained an appreciation for his home, family and good food during his time serving as a U.S. Army Corporal.
• “Respect everyone,” said Gerrit Roozeboom, who served two years in the Korean War as a U.S. Army Corporal.
• Gordon T. Nettle, Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, serving at the Tokyo International Airport from 1953-1955, also learned about respect, “I learned to have a respect for authority.”

Thank you to all veterans for your service and the sacrifices you have made. An additional thank you to these veterans for sharing the most important lessons they learned from that time. To read more words of wisdom to future generations from our Watermark heroes and Veterans coast to coast, please click here.



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