07 Mar National History Day Projects
Through Roddie’s Code we are striving to inspire and educate our future generations on how to live heroically. We want them to make a conscious effort to stand up for their fellow man and not let things like race, religion, looks, social status, etc., determine who or what they choose to defend. As humans, we need to love one another no matter what! Just like Christ loves all people, we are called to do the same. We are so proud of how Roddie Edmonds’ choice to stand up for his fellow POWs in that prison camp saved the lives of all his men. He did not discriminate, and he lived out his faith, morals, ethics, and beliefs all in that one brave action. We have been blessed since discovering his story to meet numerous people his life and actions have touched. From the POWs and their families to the bystander who has merely heard the story and gained a little bit of humanity from hearing the words “we are all Jews here,” Roddie’s story has touched the lives of more people than we will probably ever really know.
This year we have had three separate groups of students from around the nation contact us for information because they are using Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds’ story for a National History Day project. The theme this year is standing up for your fellow man. We are honored that being able to share Roddie’s story over the last 2 years has allowed us privileges such as this. We know if he were here today he would probably say something like, “What’s all the fuss about? I was simply doing my job and standing up for the rights of my men.” We know, however, that for those who were saved and those who have been touched by his heroism and valor it means so much more. Thank you Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds for your actions and convictions that you so humbly took with you to the grave. And thank you to Chloe and Skylar from FL, Lauren from OH, and Jaylin, Paige, and Chase from TN, for choosing Roddie to do your projects on!