I hope your children enjoyed our Veterans' Day Assembly today. This was quite a wonderful and powerful experience. In attendance we had 20 local Veterans, General Mukoyama, as well as members of the vocal group, The Arlingtones. Students were treated to the singing of the National Anthem, and a Veterans' Day message from General Mukoyama. After his message, students were given an opportunity to ask him questions (and the students did a fantastic job).
What occurred next was my favorite part. The Arlingtones sang America the Beautiful and while they were singing, students presented the Veterans with cards and letters they had been written in class. Normally, I find myself monitoring the students, however, at this point the Veterans caught my eye. Students were done distributing letters while America the Beautiful was still being sung. The beauty of this moment, was that it was all about the Veterans, as they were reading the handful of letters they had received in front of the students. This truly had an impact on each of them as they all expressed their appreciation for the letters at the conclusion of the assembly. I know the Veterans all felt blessed in that moment, and I hope the students were touched as well.
Have a wonderful evening,
Eric Larson | Principal, Patton Elementary School
PS - The district was kind enough to video the event for us. When the video becomes available we will send out a link if you'd like to view it.