There were a lot of WWII veterans there and it was so nice to see them being honored by this younger generation. There was a nice gentleman sitting next to us who spoke with Doug through most of the assembly. When Doug left near the end to take Jacob out, the former submariner slid over next to me and said, "So, Jennifer, you were in the Air Force also?" (I'm not sure where he got Jennifer from as the slide show listed me as "Anna Kleist, mother to Anna and Lauren"...it was apparently a tough day for names). I told him I was. He was very polite, asked me if I had been a pilot also, and then told me he had been on submarines in the Navy. I told him I had had the opportunity many years ago while deployed to tour a nuclear sub. Now, I should stop for a moment and say that whenever I have the opportunity to speak with an older gentleman about the military, it invariably comes up that they are unsure/opposed/unhappy about the idea of women in the military. I thought this might be the first time it didn't happen....I thought it might not...but it did. He began to talk about all the trouble women on a sub were going to cause. I found an opportunity, thanked him for his service to our country, and politely slipped away.
In the meantime the children, on their way out, had been bringing us their handmade cards. Oh my goodness, they were the sweetest, most wonderful gifts. I wish every single veteran could have at least one of those cards on Veteran's Day. I'm so proud of our students, our school, their patriotism and their tribute to those men AND women who have served. Here are a few pictures from our day.
Waiting for the assembly to start. Jacob is currently obsessed with "choo-choos".
Lauren is sitting on the left of the group of children closest to the bleachers. You may notice she's wearing dogtags (they're mine). She wanted to wear the USA shirt that Anna is wearing. I had to give her something special so she would agree to wear a dress (they were supposed to wear red,white, and blue and we're a little short on red). She kept saying she wanted a badge, and I think she meant a squadron patch. She seemed very happy with the dogtags though and put the dress on without a complaint.
Singing "All American, Me and You."
The children waving the cards they had made for the veterans during one of the songs.
Thanks so much to the wonderful teachers, parents, and students for putting together such a fabulous morning. It was really special.