Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Appreciation Day Breakfast at Washington Elementary

I was pleased and honored to join today Washington Elementary School staff, students and students’ relatives who served in the military. The occasion was the Washington School Veterans Appreciation Day Breakfast held to honor student relatives who served our country in the military.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see a packed LMC with as many as 75 staff, students and their relatives. It was a great turnout for a great event.

I shared with the audience a brief history of Veterans Day dating back to World War I, the “War to End All Wars.” Sadly, that was not the case as our brave men and women were called to duty in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, which continues today.

Brian Knutson and the Washington Singers
The Washington program today is a shining example of how we can show our respect and honor the sacrifices of veterans of all ages. Music teacher Brian Knutson led the Washington Singers in a stirring performance of patriotic songs. Veterans in attendance were visibly moved by the reading of The Wall by Washington students Jennifer Brodie and Makenzie Jacobsen. The Wall is a fictional story about a boy and his father who look at the name of the boy’s grandfather on The Wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Jennifer Brodie and Makenzie Jacobsen

I was pleased to be able to sit at a table of veterans and hear their stories. And speaking of tables, Washington art teacher Gee Gee Janine hit a home run with the fabulous table decorations featuring an American Flag puzzle centerpiece.

I want to thank Washington kindergarten teacher Polly Barry and her colleagues for organizing such a great event. Washington Principal Scott Garner and his staff made a difference this morning in many people’s lives, and they showed us how we can serve our community while educating every child.
Dr. Schulte, Polly Barry, Scott Garner - Principal

The Washington event was one of many in our district today that honored our veterans, many of whom have made the supreme sacrifice – what President Lincoln called “The Last Full Measure.” When you see a veteran today, please thank him or her for their service that allows us the freedoms we enjoy to learn and teach.

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