During this historic week where history was made with the first female displayed on the ballot for President of the United States of America, I am reminded of just how fortunate we are to live in a country where people have the power to make decisions about their government. We live in an amazing place where we can exercise our right to vote (men and women), worship as we choose, and have the right to speak our minds freely.
But this week, I was further reminded that we have all of these freedoms because of those who made heroic sacrifices on behalf of our country. On Friday, we celebrate and honor those individuals who chose a path of civic virtue by serving in the armed forces. For every day that we exercise our freedoms, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who made it so.
I wanted to share the enclosed photos of student expressions of thanks to our country’s service men and women. While distinctly different, both reflect the ability of our youngest generations to empathize and appreciate the hard work and sacrifices of these brave men and women. They both brought tears to my eyes. Letters and artwork, along with hundreds of pounds of donated Halloween candy and toothbrushes from students countywide, will be sent to Operation Gratitude this week where they will be forwarded to our service men and women globally. This opportunity has served as a lesson in civics as well as pride for our country and our community.
I hope you will take a moment this week to thank a veteran, visit a memorial, or reflect on the many opportunities and liberties for which you are grateful!