Wednesday, November 11, 2009

They did their share, so we can say thanks

Special events and campus programs are commonplace for school PR people. Whether we are celebrating a national holiday like Veterans Day or commemorating a school namesake, outside by the flagpole or inside the cafetorium (yes, that's what they are called), having students commemorate events make for great opportunities to gather the school community and get some good photos.

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:

They Did Their Share
On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.
Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.
No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.
Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.
We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.
By Joanna Fuchs

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.

Thanks, dad.

(Note: My dad served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War.)

Photo credit: brianhendrix