“Happy Veterans Day!” was the greeting from the young voices and it truly was one at that! On this past Veterans Day, veterans were honored with performances by the Mason High School Puncher band who played the songs of all of the military services, and a performance of patriotic songs by the 3rd graders of Mason Elementary school. The 4th grade class hosted the veterans at their campus for a patriotic lunch of All American hot dogs, cookies and cake. The students had made all of the decorations. Each veteran was given a handwritten thank you letter from a student. The veterans were paired with that student and were escorted by them for the remainder of the luncheon. During the luncheon, a veteran stood up and extemporaneously and perfectly recited the poem, In Flanders Fields. Many of us found ourselves getting misty-eyed several times throughout the ceremony, but these were tears of joy and pride. As veterans, we felt honored and proud of our children in America.
Thank you, Mason H.S. Puncher Band and Mason Elementary School 3rd and 4th graders and their teachers for making us “old grey-headed” veterans feel very special that day. Now, we know that those military men and women who fought for our country and died did not do so in vain. As one veteran reminded us, when a military man or woman dies in service for their country, they did not lose their life, they GAVE their life so that we who are still here can live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. May we never forget those that have made the ultimate sacrifice, and may we work harder to come together and make our nation great. The students and teachers of Mason schools are off to a wonderful start!
With warmest regards,
Holly Belle Gilmore
Members of American Legion
Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary