The President’s Veterans Day Proclamation states;
Today there is, and perhaps there always will be, conflict in the world. But the United States fortunately enjoys peace and freedom. Like other things of great value, this security did not come cheaply. Part of the cost has already been paid by Americans who answered the call to military duty when their country needed them. They served in 11 wars, from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf, earning the special distinction “veteran.” But another part of freedom’s cost must continue to be paid long after the guns have been silenced. This debt is owed America’s veterans. Some need their country’s help, even as their country once needed theirs, to readjust, to recover from wounds, or to overcome hardships of age and infirmity. Most ask nothing in repayment of their sacrifices. Let us continue to help those veterans in need with the greatest possible compassion and efficiency. To the rest, since they ask no special help, we can best pay tribute this day by recognizing what they have achieved and joining them in their resolve to keep America strong and free.
“This is the time to use the knowledge you gain here to develop your minds and hearts, with that you are stronger than any soldier on the battlefield,” 82nd Airborne Division, Kosovo Liberation Veteran J. Adam Burch, said with a smile.
Visiting veterans toured the school with Crystal Telep and were impressed by all the door decorations that laced the halls with memorabilia, camouflaged battlefields, flags, ribbons, stars and stripes. Veterans enjoyed the stroll while judging the art on the doors and awarded a prize for the best door decoration to Ms. Lane’s fourth-grade class.
It was a day of remembrance and a day to be remembered. “I am honored to be part of a school that is so willing to give back,” Ms. Telep said in closing.
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