Veterans Day

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Once again, the boys’ school held a Veteran’s Day celebration. This is always a fun experience. The kids are asked to invite family members that are veterans to participate. I retired from the Air Force before the boys’ first birthday and they’ve never seen me in my uniform (other than pictures, of course). So, I shaved my beard and pulled the old BDUs out of the box in the garage. To my surprise, it still fit (albeit a bit tighter)…I’m certainly a lot greyer, though!

The Old Airman

This year there was a presentation in the cafeteria by the older kids, then the vets went to the various “houses” (first grade area, section grade area, etc.) to participate their kid’s, grandkid’s activity. The boys took part in the group event with other members of their cub scout pack, lining-up on stage for the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem. Adam and Alex looked great!

There were several vets connected to first graders in the “Fire House”. All the kids classes lined up and sand several verses of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” for us, then there was a Q&A, which was a lot of fun!

Alex Adam

It was a very special day for this old Chief…

The Old Chief

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Today, the boys school put-on a special presentation for Vets. There were vets of every stripe, active duty and retired, guard and reserve, and each service was represented. First, we started with the National Anthem, then the class president and vice president (whoda thought elementary school had a student administration?). It was very touching though, and then the classes took turns singing each of the service songs. The alumni stood when their song was sung, but I was the only one clapping and singing during the Air Force Song (a bit of a pet peeve for me)…

After the assembly, the Vets were escorted to the classes of their kids or grandkids, where the individual classes continued the celebration with a touching rendition of America the Beautiful. It was great spending Veterans Day with the boys…

Veterans Day

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