Veterans Day...More than a Holiday - November 2019

This was the 15th year of the FISD Veterans Day Ceremony, and I can say with certainty that it was as meaningful as the first. The ceremony has changed in 15 years, and one of the most significant changes is that our students are the speakers, presenters and performers. From the placemats at the breakfast to the speeches at the ceremony, they are all created and delivered by our students. Students are doing more than listening about how to be grateful for the sacrifices of our veterans and their families; they are actively engaged in learning about and celebrating service to our country. At our elementary campuses, veterans were honored at assemblies and receptions and they even visited classrooms to speak to students about their service. On November 11th, FISD did not have a holiday for students. What we did have was far more meaningful in my opinion, a day where we took time with our families and community to honor the men and women who have given their lives to the service of our country. I’ll close with the words of Kaylee Loggins, FHS senior, and Veterans Day Ceremony speaker.

“Thank you for sacrificing the time away from your friends and family.  Thank you for sacrificing missed holidays and special occasions.  Thank you for sacrificing your safety so that we can have ours.  Thank you for being courageous so that we do not have to be.  Thank you for taking on the emotional, physical, and mental pain of war so that we do not have to experience it.  Thank you for fighting for us and our nation.”