Lower Macungie Middle School held a beautiful and moving Veteran’s Day program this morning. With the entire school assembled alongside dozens of veterans, the program included tributes to all veterans and their families by the school band, choir, individual students, and individual veterans.
Sitting in the audience, the program was a poignant reminder of the sacrifices so many have made in our armed forces. But it also reminded me of the important role the public schools play as central pillars of our whole community. Beyond just educating kids, schools are places where an 11-year-old middle school flute player and a 72-year-old combat veteran can-- and do-- come together to share experiences and affirm common values. The result is a community in which all of our lives are enriched.
The East Penn School District has held this program every year for almost a half century now. Thanks to all the students, staff, parents and veterans who made continuing this community tradition possible. Happy Veteran’s Day.