Veteran’s Day 2014

“Honor to the soldier and the sailor everywhere, who bravely bears the country’s cause.  Honor also to the citizen who cares for the brother of the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”  These words spoken by President Abraham Lincoln pledged support and heartfelt thanks for the service and work of our nation’s veterans.

VetDay5thOur campus and learning community gathered today to honor and offer support, love, and thanks to our brave men and women who valiantly serve our country.  Led by our extraordinary music teacher, Mrs. Perez (with the Specials Team and 5th Grade Team), our students talked, sang, rang bells, and shared stories in various ways.  From the historical part of Veteran’s Day to the celebration of each branch of the military, they “covered all the bases.”  🙂  Special thanks to our LME families who participated in our traditional Wall of Honor this year; it will remain on display through the month of November.

Generation after generation, Americans have stepped WallofHonorforward to defend our freedom and preserve the founding principles of our great Nation.  From Valley Forge to Vietnam, from Kuwait to Kandahar, from Berlin to Baghdad, and beyond, these patriots stood watch over America’s peace, and when necessary, carried the costs of our Nation’s wars.  These brave men and women have cleared the seas, charged the hills, and covered the skies; we pledge to uphold each veteran’s legacy by teaching our younger generations, our learners, about the role in securing the blessings of liberty.  In teaching others, we teach ourselves.  May we always take the opportunity to remember, reflect, and revisit the service and sacrifices of our Nation’s Veterans.  Here’s hoping you thank a Veteran today and every day!  🙂

Veteran’s Day 2013!

In teaching others, we teach ourselves; the best and greatest teach from their hearts.  As is our tradition at LME, we take this day to honor vet2and thank the brave men and women who choose to serve our nation’s military.  Our fifth grade classes spend great time in preparing historical displays on the branches of military service, preparing scripts and texts, and learning patriotic musical singing and bell-ringing numbers to share.  With the entire school decked out red, white, and blue, we gather together to offer our love, support, and genuine thanks to our nation’s finest citizens, our Veterans.

vet1This year, we were particularly blessed to have servicemen from four of the military branches present the U.S., Texas, and military flags at the beginning of the program.  Special thanks to Air Force Master Sergeant Joe Cabler, Army Sergeant Doug Schimdt, Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Jeffery Grant Sr., Army and Marine Corps Sergeant Ray Maldonado, Navy Seaman Joe Hocker, and Air Force Lieutenant Jeffery Grant Jr., and Navy seaman and master trumpeter Bill Thompson for participating with us!

This annual tradition marks an opportunity to remember, reflect, and revisit the service and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have before, who are today, and who will tomorrow give unselfishly of themselves on behalf of our freedom and liberty in the United States of America!  Here’s hoping we each stop today (and everyday) to thank a Veteran!

Note:  GREAT job, 5th grade learners and classroom leaders; barely a dry eye left in the room at the end!  🙂