Day of honor, ‘thank you’ for our veterans planned

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day all over the nation. It is a day when America honors its veterans and says “thank you” to all of those men and women that have sacrificed their time and their lives to protect our nation. Rockdale ISD will honor local veterans this Friday with three separate programs across the district.

I have been in Rockdale for almost three years and the most impressive events that I have attended have been the programs our children and staff have presented to our veterans. Time goes by so fast that often we forget or don’t have the opportunity to thank our military men and women for the sacrifices they make or have made. This is why Veterans Day in Rockdale is so important.

The events not only provide our veterans with honor, but they allow our students to take time to reflect on how and why our nation has the freedoms we often take for granted. Not many of our students realize that over the past few decades we had soldiers in Korea, Vietnam and the Mideast fighting in conf licts that were often separate from our everyday conversation. They may have learned about World War II, but most don’t understand the sacrifices people made to travel across oceans to protect our nation.

Adults understand the impact of 9-11 and why we have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting global terrorism, but most of our students were not affected by the events of that tragic day. In fact today’s 10th graders were only in Kindergarten in 2001. So it is so very important that we take a day at a national level to honor those that have served our country so nobly.

I am proud to be a part of a district that makes this day important for veterans, students, and parents as we pay tribute to all of our veterans. My father served 21 years in the Navy through three wars and I know that as a veteran he would be proud of how our children honor America’s heroes.

Our activities begin at the high school at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium. This is an hour long event that honors our veterans through music and a special program. At noon our junior high school will serve lunch to veterans while honoring them with a lunch time program in the cafetorium. Then at 2 p.m. our intermediate students and staff will join the elementary school in the elementary gymnasium for a combined program of songs and the reading of letters from students to our veterans.

We look forward to this day in Rockdale ISD and we are proud to honor our local veterans. We say thank you for your service on this special day, and also everyday of the year. Even as we celebrate this great day there will be military personnel protecting our nation in all parts of the world. So again, thank you veterans, you are our heroes.

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