Thursday, November 11, 2010 was a very memorable day for our Morgan Middle School students and the 250 guests who joined us for our annual Veterans Day Assembly. It was an honor to recognize those who have served and are presently serving our great country during a time of war. Since our nation’s founding, brave men and women have taken up arms to defend the truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence: “That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Time and again, ordinary people have served our Nation in extraordinary ways so that all Americans can pursue the happiness our Founding Fathers envisioned. By their service, they have kept America strong, and they have protected our way of life for more than two centuries. At this moment, there are currently around two million men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard serving around the world.
As Americans, we have set aside November 11th, Veterans Day, to reflect, remember, and honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and who are currently serving. Today there are nearly 26 million military veterans living among us. We honor them by teaching younger generations about their sacrifices on our behalf. This was our purpose in presenting this assembly for our community Veterans.
The students of Morgan Middle School participated in the band, the advanced choir, grade choirs, and spoken word as they honored our Morgan County Veterans. Perhaps the most memorable moment was when the students stood and applauded the Veterans for eight minutes as thank you cards were passed out. There weren’t many dry eyes as the Veterans felt this love from the students of their community.
Our week at the Middle School also included a visit of 16 Veterans from the American Legion, Post 61 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 6154 who came and spoke to our advisories. Many students asked questions and listened to experiences of these Veterans. It meant a great deal to the students and we hope it also did to the Veterans. During the assembly these same Veterans honored us with a very special flag ceremony.
On Veterans Day, we honor the heroes we have lost, and we rededicate ourselves to the next generation of veterans by supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as they return home from duty. They have given their unwavering devotion to the American people. We are a grateful Nation and it meant a great deal to express this thanks to our local Veterans.