LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel educator has been selected for a prestigious national professional development program that honors fallen heroes from World War II.
Raymond Brookter is the librarian at Laurel High School, but during the next year, he will also research the life and service of one veteran who was killed in action and buried in either Southern Europe or North Africa.
The program called, "Understanding Sacrifice," will help create lesson plans to enhance World War II education in U.S. classrooms.
As part of the program, Brookter will travel to the Mediterranean for a special service at the soldier's grave.
"We will go to the person that we selected and give a eulogy, thanking them for their service and giving their life at such a time for us," Brookter said.
Brookter said he is free to choose any veteran from Mississippi, but he will probably pick one from the Jones County area.
He is also one of only 18 educators across the country chosen for the program.
It is sponsored by the American Battle Monuments Commission.