Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran's Day

Thanks to all the veterans out there who have sacrificed for our freedoms.  Today I remember the veterans in my family:  Dad (WWII), Grandpa (WWII and Korea), Grandpa Charles (WWI), and brother Gary (Vietnam).

Yesterday I went to a school assembly organized by the new music teacher at my daughter's school.  All of the grades were represented and sang patriotic songs in honor of our veterans.  Veterans from as far back as WWII were in attendance, and there was an honor guard from Fairchild Air Force Base to present the U.S. and state flags.  It had to be the best student assembly I have seen in the four and a half years that my daughter has been going to this school.  Each class of children, from the kindergarten throught the sixth grade, had rehearsed their songs and really put their hearts into it.  I don't know why, but I get kind of choked up when I hear kids singing "God Bless America", "America the Beautiful", "The Star Spangled Banner" and "You're a Grand Old Flag."  Makes me think that there is hope for this country, yet.

What floored me, though, was when the sixth grade class sang the Battle Hymn of the Republic.  I guess the ACLU must have been frightened off by the M14 rifles carried by the FAFB honor guard and thus weren't around to protest the "Glory Hallelujahs" and mentions of the Lord.  Nice to know that the religion haters haven't succeeded in banning all mentions of our Creator.

Again, thank you, Veterans. 

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