I attended the Veteran’s Memorial Service on the courthouse lawn on Thursday, and was touched that there was a larger crowd than in past years that I have attended, but simultaneously saddened that the grounds weren’t overflowing with supporters. Having lost a grandfather in World War II, it has been instilled in me to always appreciate our service people, but the importance of expressing that gratitude has come with maturity and life experiences. Our words and actions can only be heard and seen if we display them...so sometimes ‘It is the thought that counts’ doesn’t quite deliver the message.
As an added blessing, Mrs. Hahn had her students perform a most touching collection of songs. The veterans were asked to stand so "...the students could see the people they were singing those songs about...". The boy scouts performed a retired flag burning ceremony, my first time to experience such an event. God, country, honor, and sacrifice were the driving theme that reminded us all that freedom comes at a price...something we should never forget! To see the young people actively participate was especially touching...I can’t speak for the veterans and their families, but I was thinking "...thank God some responsible adults in this country are teaching the next generations what Veterans Day is all about...a time to vocalize our appreciation for all the men and womens’ sacrifices!
This letter is three fold: to personally express my gratitude to our service people and their families, to thank the youth that were involved, and to challenge the school system to incorporate Veterans Day as an active day of participation...to have the courthouse lawn packed, and have presentations from numerous groups, celebrating our freedom and expressing it to those who made it, and continue to make it, all possible!