Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy Veteran's Day!

I found it quite paradoxical that my home schooled boy was invited to two public schools today to take part in flag ceremonies honoring the veterans that have served our country. You should have seen the look on the face of the woman sitting behind the office desk when I told her that Collin was home schooled after she asked what school he attended. Priceless, I tell you.

I remember going to the Veteran's Day parade several times while I was in high school. I traveled with the band because I was in charge of lighting my friend Sherry's batons on fire. It was fun. (The parade, not lighting the batons on fire.) After all, I got out of school for most of the day. As an adult, I can appreciate the significance of the holiday more fully than I could back then. I took in the faces of the men whom were honored today, and I felt joy in my heart. Joy because men have fought for my freedom. Joy because I can home school my children instead of sending them to a public facility. Joy because we are free to worship our heavenly father. Joy because I feel safe in my home when we turn in each night.

To those of you whom have served or are still serving, thank you.


Anonymous said...

Since we live in the Middle East, my family was visiting the states this month, and in the airport on our way home there was a WWII veteran signing his book in an airport bookstore. I'd never seen authors signing in an airport before, so that was interesting. My dad and brother stopped to thank and talk to him, and ended up getting a copy of his book. It is exciting and sobering to meet people who served.

the voice of melody said...

I know that many of us, including me, don't stop and think often enough about how blessed we are to have the freedoms that we enjoy.

Thanks for this beautiful reminder and acknowledgment of the brave men and women who courageously serve our country.

lady jane said...

What a great opportunity and tremendous witness.

Viewing Collin's stance, all he has to do is clasp his hands in the back and he'll be at perfect style military parade rest. ;o)

Beck said...

I found this year's Rememberance Day services very moving, too.