One of the privileges of being a White House Intern is the opportunity to participate in community service events. At one such event, we had the honor of greeting Vietnam War veterans as they visited the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. Members of the Summer 2017 White House Internship Program gathered at the entrance of the Memorial to greet the veterans and, holding welcome banners, thanked the veterans for their years of service and sacrifice. As the veterans arrived, we showered them with cheers, high fives, and thanks.
Once the veterans entered the site, interns had the opportunity to stroll alongside individual veterans and briefly speak with them, extending our appreciation and listening to each veteran’s personal experience. I took a lot away from this experience. It meant so much to me to have the opportunity to thank our troops.
My encounter with one of the group’s tour guides drove this point home. Once all the veterans entered the memorial, the tour guide came over to me and a few other interns and said, “You don’t understand how much this means to them.” My conversation with one of the veterans, James, was equally moving. James served four tours in the Navy during the Vietnam War. As the conversation progressed, James told me he was drafted at the age of 20, my current age. It was so humbling to speak with someone who put his life on the line for our country’s freedom, at such a young age, and it made me even more thankful for the freedoms we enjoy.
This is just one example of the many experiences I have had while serving the Trump Administration as an intern. It is moments like these that make me proud that this Administration is so dedicated to our heroes.
Adam Bandler is from Scarsdale, New York, and is a Sophomore studying Finance and Mathematics at Yeshiva University. Adam is a member of the Summer 2017 White House Internship Program in the Office of Presidential Correspondence.