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"You stood on the front lines
Lyrics and Music by R. Kelly see more at YouTube
Compared to the newer modern architectural structures, this historical school had a touch of warmth and closeness that evoked positive memories from my past.
The program of presentation of colors, Pledge Allegiance, medleys of songs of honor to veterans and their families, and military songs for each branch of service brought back memories of fresh support, faith and hope. Though so many I meet seem to have lost their way, these children and their teachers presented a promise that the growing generation has a belief in tommorrow and beautiful trusting faith that the current generation in control will keep them out of harms way. This is a trust, that we must take seriously and honor.
In the first assembly, I was motivated to share the medal that I am most proud of earning during my service and the evacuation of refugees and babies during what we called the Fall of Saigon. I expressed that there are many Humanitarian efforts that are completed by the military and our primary mission was to protect and share the human rights of freedom in choice, knowledge, and being there for each other.
In the second assembly, I was motivated to talk of the War against terror - I shared the fact that in the later 1980's, the grade school my children attended was under lock-down due to terrorist control of the adjoining Department of Defense Junior High School. It lasted less than a day due to exceptional work by our local military swat team that regained control through non-violent efforts. Here are some current sites that show some of the daily concerns we had to take to keep our family safe.