Today was a day of remembrance and thanks at Electra Elementary. Above all, it was a day that each student was introduced to the reality of what freedom means and its cost. Veterans came to the elementary as they yearly do. So much dedication from this group that yearly comes to touch the lives of the students. So much history bundled together in a few hours. History that should be held onto and never forgotten. Because of this, this dedicated group of men and women yearly make the trip to be honored by the students.
Donna Soender started the day off by bringing and sharing artifacts from World War I and II. Her father and grandfather Irby served, and she was gracious enough to stay the entire day so that each student could see and learn about each piece. The students made class projects that were placed along the hallway to honor and welcome Vets as they entered the building. Wendy Marsh and Nancy Bigbie’s 4th graded then presented an outstanding tribute to the Veterans in a crowded auditorium. Afterwards a reception was held in the cafeteria.
Today is a day that is close to my heart having my son, Steve Easter, who is still active and my son-in-law, Richard Lacher Jr, a Vet himself, serve our country. Steve, who went in before 911, is a Tech Sargent in the US Airforce and Richard served in the Navy on the USS Nassau for 4 years. Just as many have or have had, military members have touched our lives in roles of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts etc. Above all their sacrifice will continue to touch the lives of past, present, and future generations.
The next time you see a Veteran or active military member thank them. Such a small thing to do for such a gift of freedom. Above all of this, take the time to talk to one and learn. Learn and carry that knowledge forward to teach to future generations. We all must remember that history repeats itself. Without the dedication of this dying breed, the outcome might be much different.
Thank you to all the Veteran and active military men and women. I can never pay you back for all of your sacrifices, but I’m grateful that you love America. May God bless each and every one of you.