November 20, 2000
Children are blessed to live in a world of peace
I had the opportunity to attend a heart-warming Veterans Day assembly at Eastridge Elementary where my two daughters attend. Our kids are blessed to live in a world of peace and with freedoms that are often taken for granted. As a daughter of a World War II vet and a sister of a Vietnam vet, I have always known the sacrifices our military personnel have given for me and my family.
Principal, Ann Madsen; music specialist, Janie Anderson; and fifth grade teacher, Bob Farnus, did an outstanding job leading the school in honoring nearly a dozen veterans who were relatives and invited guests of many of the Eastridge children.
It was educational and provided an excellent lesson on the importance of this holiday. The veterans present were overwhelmed and grateful for the honor bestowed on them.
Our gym was filled with children dressed in red, white and blue; images of our flag and wonderful music from the fifth graders celebrating our patriotism.
But the greatest gift was given by the veterans themselves. There was not a dry eye in the room as their voices spoke of their feelings and experiences from all branches of the military during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, as well as those who are currently serving.
The school also dedicated their new flag that Mr. Farnus had flown over the battleship Missouri before bringing it home to Eastridge. It was a moving ceremony. Our kids are lucky to have these excellent educators at Eastridge.
Perri Brown, Woodinville