To say that politics this year have been contentious and ugly would be an understatement. No one is happy with our government and everyone is blaming everyone else. And yet, we can all be reminded by our children the importance of our democracy and the people who serve and protect our country. I had the pleasure of attending one such performance today.
Every year our elementary school puts on a Veteran’s Day program and invites family members and the community. Our music teacher does a phenomenal job and our children really take it seriously. They read letters about what freedom means to them, they sing songs about the beauty of our country, and in general they remind us why we are so fortunate.
Below are two clips I took quickly with my phone. The first is my favorite part of the program. It’s an Armed Forces medley where everyone who has served stands when their song is sung. It was hard to keep a steady camera when I was trying not to cry! The second was the closing song, America the Beautiful. The 4th graders begin it and then are joined by all of the students and eventually the whole community. The children literally sound like little angels.
No matter all of our religious and political differences, it is hard not to be inspired by these kids and their innocence and hope in our country.