I had two amazing opportunities this past weekend, Columbus Day weekend 2019. I was able to be part of two celebrations and recognition ceremonies. In reflection, a couple of days later, I am filled with joy and awe.
The first was to be present as part of the receiving party welcoming a group of returning veterans from the Honor Flight. The Honor Flight is a group of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Veterans being escorted to Washington DC for the day. They are recognized and get a chance to visit the monuments and other areas in DC. There were several hundred community and school groups present late Saturday evening at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. It was heartwarming to see my kids shaking hands with the veterans, looking them in the eye and thanking them for being there. While most children are still understanding the concept of “thank you for your service”, it was an amazing sight to see in action. Additionally, the hundred plus volunteers who spent the day with the veterans as their escort was just awesome.
The second event was on Sunday, October 13, 2019: the Port Jervis High School Hall of Fame ceremony. Seven inductees and their family shared memories and stories from their high school experiences as well as the significant impacts they’ve made on their communities and the world. They shared the impact that their families and amazing educators have had on their lives. The sacrifices, the extras, and the belief in them by different people or so much of the catalysts that stirred greatness in them.
I congratulate and salute these US veterans for their service and commitment to our country and our future. I also acknowledge and recognize the Port Jervis Hall of Famers for the impact they have had on our school community and beyond.
Moving forward, these events remind me to continue to recognize others for their efforts, acknowledge and accentuate the positive, and take a moment to see the good in others. There is a lot of it out there!
Quote: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
— John F. Kennedy