Yesterday, across the United States, we celebrated and honored Veterans who have served in the armed forces. It was a special holiday for us to reflect and be grateful for the military service of the men and women who protect our freedom each and every day. Check out some of the tweets we snipped from the @StuderEducation Twitter feed from Oconomowoc ASD (above), Tatum ISD and Carroll ISD (below).
Today, one of our Studer Group colleagues, Amanda, shared her Veteran’s Day experience with us; it included the opportunity to participate with her children in learning and remembering the reason behind the holiday. Here it is in her words:
For the first time in over a 11 years I opted to take off on Veteran’s Day. While I’ve always made a point to be thankful for those who serve I’ve never had a reason to take off from work…until this year. Carson walked in the Veteran’s Day parade with his Troup and Caitlyn sang an American Tribute with the Pensacola Children’s Chorus at the Naval Air Museum. In both instances I was brought to tears. Carson was hesitant at first to shake the hands of so many that lined the streets yesterday but after a few positive responses he quickly saw the value and made a point to NOT miss anyone, this made us fall behind on more than one occasion but it was so worth it to have him (and me) truly understand what the day was about.
During the Pensacola Children’s Chorus performance they sang the various songs of all our branches of service and asked the men and women to stand when their song was played. The response was over whelming. I watched as one Navy Vet wept openly and he proudly stood and sang. The crowd was larger than expected and more chairs were brought in and people watched from multiple floors of the museum. Pensacola is an amazing place with an amazing military history and it was a very proud moment to honor those who have fought for our freedoms.
I’m sure many of you have similar stories as well, but this note is to say thank you. Thank you for allowing me the day with my family and most of all my children. It was priceless to watch them learn first person what yesterday was all about!
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Special thanks to Amanda for providing permission to reprint her and her children’s Veteran’s Day experience with you.
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