Veteran program Monday at gym MISD REPORT

Robert Westbrook
Milano ISD Superintendent

I t’s hard to believe November is here. The school year is going by so fast, is seems like we were starting school just yesterday. Before you know it, the Thanksgiving holidays will be upon us. However, before Thanksgiving arrives, a very important day will occur—Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The history of Veterans Day goes back to World War I, when an armistice was signed ending the war on Nov. 11, 1918. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”

When I take time to pause and reflect on the history of our country and the wars that our country has fought, it makes me feel very somber and appreciative. We could very well be speaking German or some other language. The freedoms we enjoy today were not free. They came with a very heavy price that our forefathers and brothers and sisters continue to pay today. The men and women of the armed services have been and continue to be willing to lay down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy today. We all owe them a debt that we can never repay.

While we can never repay that debt, Milano ISD would like to take the time to recognize and honor all of our veterans. On Monday, Nov. 11 we will host a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. in the high school gymnasium, with a reception to follow. We encourage all area veterans to attend.

Congratulations to Wendy King and the Lady Eagle Volleyball team on their bi-district win over Chilton Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles will play Kopperl later this week at a time and date still to be determined. Come out and support the Lady Eagles, they are talented and epitomize the idea of teamwork.

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