I feel incredibly fortunate to be in the presence of those who hold great gratitude and appreciation towards service to others. I had the opportunity to have a couple of very fine military personnel from the Air Force visit with my students today and I could not be more impressed with their nature. They taught us about the real-life side of why someone chooses to go into the military and why every job is important to the completion of a mission. It isn't just about war and it isn't just about fighting. There are some truly amazing humanitarian missions taking place throughout the world that we never get to hear about and I am truly honored to have had two people like themselves visit my school. As you can see in the photo, our military police visitor gave me an opportunity to give his Kevlar a test run. Although it looks fabulous with my shoes, I'm not quite sure I'm cut out for the job. He joined in with my music students showing off his saxophone skills and I got to give being military police a try for 5 minutes. I named this Operation Land of Oz. Once I clicked my heels the vest came off.
Being in the presence of people like this continues to remind me of the important lessons I have learned from being with the troops at the WTU and their passion for the missions they each had to do. For all of the memory that I have lost from my own life, I have not forgotten the things the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have taught me. Each has left their mark, shaped my education, and are all a part of the work I do both here and in my school.
To say I'm grateful to them is an understatement and thank you just doesn't quite do it.