We had our annual Veteran's Day Ceremony this past Friday.
For some schools this may not be a big deal, but for our school, it is A Very Big Deal. In fact, this is probably the Biggest Deal Assembly we have all year.
Because over half our parents are either active duty military, reservists (who have been put on active duty) or are veterans.
Because many of our teachers, one administrator, our school nurse, a lot of our bus drivers, a handful of our cafeteria workers, and three of our janitors are veterans.
Because many of our teachers are spouses of active duty military or are the spouses of veterans. They've raised their own families, taught other's children, and did this all with their spouse overseas a huge amount of the time.
Because many of our students are going through the fourth and fifth deployment of one, and sometimes both, parents.
Because this year, for the second time, we lost a parent in combat.
Our kids know the meaning of the song Taps. It makes many of them cry unabashedly in front of their friends, forgetting, for once, to be cool. It will strike this gym full of middle schoolers into absolute, respectful, silence.
Our kids know to give a huge cheer for the Brigadier General and Korean War vet who came to speak, but saved the biggest cheer for the young Army Private who was one of our honored guests.
For our kids, veterans are woven into the fabric of their lives.
And I can't help but think how fortunate they are to have these people in their lives.