Students learn how superheroes influenced WWII

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) Eight-year-old Marc Tedesco wants to be in the military when he grows up.

"I have movies about the Navy and I want to be in the Navy when I grow up," he said.

Monday, he, along with a dozen others, got a taste of military life.

"We have learned about World War II, ate cookies, made cookies, watched Batman movies," Marc Tedesco said.

These rising first through third graders took a trip to the 1940s. With the help of superheroes the students learned what life was like during World War II.

"We're really focusing on how the US Government used superheroes to help win World War II," Maggie Mitchell, National D-Day Memorial Associate Director for Programming and Events, said.

Superheros like Batman and Superman helped the students learn about rationing and victory gardens.

"Captain America was made in the movie to help the government encourage people for the army," according to Tedesco.

They also enlisted as soldiers and trained in the Army.

While it may have been a fun day for the kids, it doesn't go without a lesson.

"If we can instill in them the values of the greatest generation now, they'll be the ones to carry it on for future generations," Mitchell said.