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Sacrificing for Us All

 

Veterans Day is a special day for all Americans as we show our gratitude and appreciation for the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Across Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), students, teachers and staff recognized and thanked dozens of service members in attendance at various school celebrations.

Waxpool Elementary School began their day with an outdoor assembly, where students and staff  donned red, white & blue and stood welcoming family members who are Veterans or active duty military. Following the student-led Pledge of Allegiance, Principal Michael Pellegrino shared a heartfelt message.

“We throw words around like ‘sacrifice’ without really thinking about what sacrifice actually means. It could mean missing Thanksgiving or Christmas with your family or missing your child’s birthday. In these situations, it is not only the Veterans who are sacrificing, but also their families. Sacrificing for us all.”

The assembly concluded with Principal Pellegrino introducing each Veteran and active duty member in attendance individually followed by a singing of the National Anthem by Waxpool students. Branches of the military represented included the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Space Force.

“Every year, our humble words on Veterans Day can never do justice to the sacrifices made by our Veterans. What Veterans have given our country is beyond our power to fully repay, yet, today, we recognize our debt to their honor. Our hearts are filled with respect and gratitude.”

Veterans and active duty members in attendance were treated to breakfast with their students after the assembly. LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler met with service members and their families and thanked them for the sacrifices made to protect our freedom.

Less than a mile away, Eagle Ridge Middle School invited active duty and retired military parents and grandparents for a presentation and reception in the school’s courtyard. Service members from the Army, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marine Corps and Space Force were able to spend time on campus with their child. Eagle Ridge staff distributed pins to children and grandchildren of the Veterans and active duty members as a token of gratitude for their service. 

“Our November theme for students and staff at Eagle Ridge is ‘gratitude,’ and there can be no greater recipient of our gratitude than the members of our military and the families that support them,” said Eagle Ridge Principal, Scott Phillips. “We were so glad to honor our Eagle Ridge military families on Veterans Day.”

Similar events took place all day across the school division, as the LCPS community united in solidarity to thank those who sacrifice each day to protect our freedom.A full schedule of Veterans Day celebrations can be found on the LCPS website.

 

 

 

 

Published November 15, 2021