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Saying Thank You to Those Who Have Served

November 09, 2012

 

Second grade students at Spring Hill Elementary School said thank you to a group of veterans in honor of Veterans Day, which is officially celebrated on Nov. 11th. The students sang patriotic songs to the attendees, and then listened as the veterans shared memories of their time serving our nation. 

Nearly 30 veterans attended the event, many of whom were parents, grandparents and great grandparents of students as well as district staff members. The stories relayed by the veterans were inspiring as well as interesting, as they reminisced about meeting General George Patton, the Battle of the Bulge, intelligence efforts during war and peace times, the South Pacific, Japan, and then modern day fronts, like Afghanistan and Iraq. Many also discussed sacrifices that were made while serving, like missing the births of children and other special moments with family. Many of the heartfelt stories were followed with statements of pride regarding the freedoms that they helped to protect.

Veterans Day honors all American veterans, both living and deceased, unlike Memorial Day that recognizes those who lost their lives. November 11th, which hearkens back to Armistice Day that was the one year anniversary of the end of World War I, is the date dedicated to thanking veterans for service to their country.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -- John F. Kennedy

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