I Wept at a Junior High Today

Posted: November 5, 2018 in Patriotism, Public Affairs
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20161108_VeteransDay16_1000-1Three to five days a week, I substitute for a teacher in the public schools in our town. I’ve made myself available at three high schools, three junior high schools, and at two campuses we call middle schools (4th, 5th, and 6th grades).

Today I subbed for a social studies teacher at Fontainebleau Junior High. Because the fifth hour included a scheduled assembly for the social studies classes, I got to take my class to the Veterans’ Day Assembly. What an expected blessing!

Every aspect of the assembly touched my heart, and I’m sure others in the audience were moved. When the student who opened the assembly talked about the way most students recite the pledge each morning, I actually anticipated what came next. Three students took turns reading the meanings of each word in the pledge from the monologue I remembered that Red Skelton quoted on his show. By the time they finished, my eyes filled with tears. While I always sing when our National Anthem is performed, I could not today because of the emotions I was feeling. If I had tried, only squeaks would come from my mouth.

Upon returning to the classroom, I sent an email to principal thanking her for teaching her students about honoring and respecting those who have sacrificed for us and teaching them about being a patriot themselves. I hope that her efforts will result in stronger citizens as well as stronger military servicemen and servicewomen in the future.

Comments
  1. Lonnie Wascom says:

    Spot on!

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