|My Dad is the 2nd one from the right|
I attended the best Veteran's day assembly last Friday at Kent Prairie elementary. You know, the parents or friends who are in the military come as a representative of different military; each grade sings a military type song; the principle gives a little talk to thank the veteran's. If you haven't been to a school in the U.S. of A. then get yourself to an elementary school around Veteran's Day. You'll need kleenex.
This year 2 things struck me. The kids that sang knew all the words and sang with feeling and gusto. Yes, that's a tribute to their music teacher (go Mrs. Breon!). But, that means they also understood the words and were able to put an emotion behind what they were singing.
Second, Mr. Olson, the principle, reminded the kids to talk to their family or friends who served in the U.S. military. They have amazing stories....and once they are gone, no one will know their experience. Those stories are the backbone of our country and what makes us free and the home of the brave.
I want to thank my Dad, for serving as a Navy Pilot during the 1950's. Not a real happy time to serve, for him or my mother.
Enjoy this day to reflect what service, peace, and country mean.