Eastview football players get history lesson aboard B-25 bomber
Football players at Eastview High School got a history lesson Saturday at Fleming Field in South St. Paul.
The players visited the Commemorative Air Force hangar and toured Miss Mitchell, a restored B-25 bomber, as part of their preseason activities.
The theme for the Lightning football team this season is “Unbroken,” which is the title of a book by Laura Hillenbrand which the coaching staff had players read. The book tells the story of Louis Zamperini, whose plane crashed in the Pacific during World War II; he survived for weeks on a life raft, only to be imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp.
“His is a story of courage, strength, commitment and resiliency, traits we hope the Eastview football team will learn,” said assistant coach Eric VandeBerg.
The team’s visit to Fleming Field was “a day for players to learn more than football and X’s and O’s,” VandeBerg added. “It was a day to learn about history and life.”