Youth Preserves Veterans Stories

carter davis and shane gardner

By Dan Bechtold, Editor

Carter Davis of Plankinton found Labor Day a perfect time to visit with veterans in Winner.   The 10 year old had a table set up in the former Depot at the Tripp County Historical Society museum as he took pictures with the veterans and asked them questions about their service.  He then posts the pictures and stories on Facebook.  Carter’s Thank Your Veterans Project is a way to thank these individuals for serving their country.

Davis is the son of Cordell and Melissa Davis of Plankinton and the grandson of Winner residents Steve and Joan Davis. Carter’s maternal grand parents are John and Sherry Staller of Plankinton.

So far, Carter’s Thank Our Veterans Project has photo after photo of him and the veterans he has met. Carter says he has interviewed over 60 veterans and planned to talk to at least five in Winner. It is a project this young school student started a year ago.  Shane Gardner, Sioux Falls, formerly of Winner, told Carter of the time he spent in the Army.  Carter says some of the stories are funny, some of them have a lot of interest. “They’re just all kids of cool stuff,” he said. “When veterans start talking they have a story to tell,” said Carter. Carter says it does not take long to introduce himself to veterans. This 10-year-old boy is making new friends and keeping the memories of veterans alive.

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