This year, we were given a glimpse of what it might have been like when a soldier was killed while standing guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was a sober reminder that, although we are a country at peace, many others are not and we need to continue to protect our country and help others protect theirs.
During the last few years, I have spent several days prior to November 11 sharing information, stories, videos, and songs with my students. I feel that it is important that they understand that they can make a difference. I also focus on acts of kindness and bucket filling throughout this time. It is a natural thing to continue to discuss this as we begin talking about it right at the beginning of the year. We discuss being thankful and caring at Thanksgiving, and then we continue to focus on peaceful and caring things we can do during November. That makes it easy to think of others when it comes to Christmas time as well.
As November 11th approaches, I wish to say thank you to all the veterans in my community, as well as my country and beyond, for your selfless efforts to obtain and maintain peace around the world.