I love my country, and I am patriotic, but the Veterans Day program is about more than listening to patriotic songs about purple mountains majesty. Those songs could be presented at several times of the year. We have always made it a point to find songs that speak directly to veterans. We want them to know that our fourth graders understand their sacrifice of time and sweat to serve their nation. Yes, we wave flags, but our message to them is one of resilience and strength.
Thank you to all who attended either of yesterday's two performances. It was a joy and honor to prepare, practice, and present this message.