This year was no different. We had students recite the Presidential proclamation, choirs sang patriotic songs, students read their winning essays and a few guest speakers told their stories of life in the military. One middle school program included the following poem reading that struck me as being especially touching and appropriate:
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.
I don't think we can say thank you enough to those who serve our country. I know I've not done all I can do. So as another Veterans Day comes to a close, let us give pause in remembrance to those who protect, fight, sacrifice, and work in our service.
Thank you to our military personnel. Thank you for being our servant heroes. Thank you to the families who lend us their loved ones. Thank you, veterans.
(Note: My dad served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.)
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