Kiki Aru mentioned she was reading something at the assembly today while the band played. This was one proud moment for this mom, as she read a script about the different wars as the band played. She was loud and clear, and did such a great job. I was very proud of her.
The main speaker was a retired Navy Officer named Brian Watson. Brian and I were in high school together. He was two years older than me. He joined the Navy, and was an optician in the Navy for over 20 years. He was very proud to be in the military, and he did a very good job speaking.
Z2 played in the band, and sang in the choir at the KHS Veteran's Day assembly.
The guest speaker was Ron York, who told his story about serving in the Korean War. I've known Ron for quite a few years, and he did a wonderful job, not only sharing about his experience in Korea, but about becoming a Christian as well. He also talked about traveling to South Korea this year and having Korean soldiers come up to him and thank him for the freedom they live in today. He said it was very moving.
As he spoke, it reminded me of the beautiful and haunting Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C., with the inscription "Freedom Isn't Free".
I love being reminded of the pride our veteran's have in serving our country, and how they remind us to be proud of the sacrifices men and women are giving daily to serve this country of ours.
It reminds me this summer, at the end of our musical review, we would end with this chorus, and have all the veteran's in the audience stand up so we could honor them.
And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won't forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.
And I gladly stand up, next to you
and defend her still today.
‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land,
God bless the USA.