Twenty members of our Post participated in the Veterans Day ceremonies at schools in the Edmonds and Mukilteo School districts. Rock Roth organized the requests from the various schools and matched members with the various programs taking place. I have included Rock’s “after-action sitrep” that he sent to the Post members who volunteered their time:
“BZ” is a Navy term for job well done.Each of you deserves a “BZ” for your participation in the Veterans Day presentations and assemblies at local schools.We have received nothing be accolades from teachers and staff but most importantly students.
I have been involved in these presentations for our Post for the last few years both as coordinator and presenter.During that time, I have witnessed a slow but steady transformation in school (and student) attitude.I strongly believe we are seeing a rebirth in the Edmonds, Lynnwood, and Mukilteo area of patriotism in our schools – faculty and students.The Veterans Day Assemblies in which I personally participated were extremely well organized and from my perspective right on target.The vast majority of the students were respectful, attentive, and courteous which reflects well on the faculty.I also believe we were able to ‘connect’ with students and accurately explain (1) the true meaning of Veterans Day, (2) what a Veteran is,(3) why a Veteran ‘elects’ to serve, and (4) some of the more salient challenges faced by a Veteran in and following military service – not an easy task!
Each school coordinator specifically requested that we return next year and participate in their Veterans Day Program.Many also indicated a desire to use our speaker’s bureau at the selected times during the school year.I will be requesting volunteers.
I have to add that the participating Post members got as much out of the presentations as did the kids. Please consider in participating next year.