Today is Veterans Day where we honor all uniformed service personnel serving in all capacities; those who are now serving and those who have passed on. My students will be presenting a patriotic performance of songs and instrumentals and an honoring service for their families, friends and neighbors who have served in the military.
We have rehearsed and practiced our speeches and our songs and we, the teachers, have spoken to our students about what a great opportunity it is for them to be able to honor these brave men and women. My prayer is that this experience will forever instill in their young hearts an attitude of gratitude for the people who serve our nation in uniform, putting themselves in harm’s way for a cause greater than each indiviual but for the greater good, namely the freedom that we and our students enjoy, now.

Every year that we have done this program I see a new realization in our children as they present their little certificates of appreciation and give accounts of each military personnel’s records and feats. And each year, I am renewed in my resolve to pray for our service people, for their safety, for their families and for those who have suffered debilitating injuries and their efforts to lead a life that is somewhat normal in the nation for whose freedom they have sacrificed.
May God bless our veterans. May God open the eyes of our students and give them a heart of appreciation for our military personnel, here and in the fields where they serve.