Today Mike, Riley and I went to the boys' school for their Veteran's Day program. This is the first time I've been able to make it so it was a treat for me that I did not want to miss.
First the Mr. Stockero, the principal welcomed all the veterans and visitors and then turned the program over to the students, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the band played "The Star Spangled Banner" beautifully.
Each of the veterans there were presented and then the grade school children sang their songs. It was very cute and moving. They did an excellent job. We watched especially to be sure our boys were participating and were proud to note that they did with enthusiasm. After each class group sang, the entire grade school sang "If you love your country, thank a Vet". I was very near tears by the time the song was done. A slide presentation of the Vets' pictures from their time of service was played while the children sang.
Afterward, the State Chaplain for our Am. Leg. Post closed the presentation with a very moving speech that encouraged our young people to take pride in living a life of decency and honor. The program was closed with the playing of "Taps" by 2 students from the school.
I am so thankful that I took the time out today to attend that program and that my children are learning to respect those that have served our country not only at home but also at school.
"Thank You!" to all that served and are still serving our country that we might have freedom!