We Remember

Happy Memorial Day! I have fond memories of this holiday growing up because it meant that there would be a parade and that summer was just around the corner. We'd also go out onto the cemetery after church for the posting of the colors and a 21-gun salute. The thing is, I don't think I ever knew what or whom we were remembering, until I lost 
a soldier of my own. 

Once we lost Ray Joseph, Memorial Day took on a whole new meaning. We remember with sadness and admiration the service and sacrifice of those brave heroes (and their families!) who've given their lives for our freedom and security.  So every year, we support those who serve by putting themselves in harm's way on our behalf
Click {here} for a video clip of one of our soldier projects.  Most recently, we sent 23 pampering packages in early May to five platoons that we adopted and check this out - these guys wrote back! 

Here's an excerpt from their letter:

Ms. Gruener:   I am writing to let you know that we received the five boxes you sent to us. Thank you so much from all of us! We are so grateful for the wonderful treats and supplies, but enjoyed the excellent artwork provided by the students even more.  You  truly have some talented little ones down there! We hung a sampling of them in our hangar to serve as a constant reminder of not only why we're here fighting, but also of the spirit of the next generation of leaders.    

I can tell you that the supplies went quickly and everyone was impressed with your generosity. "Five boxes!?!?" was repeated by all. Very, very generous indeed. Being the only Texan here, I simply replied that that's just how Texans do things. Bigger and better than most! 

Isn't that amazing!  We are so humbled that they are thanking us.  See our pictures posted on a makeshift wall in their hangar behind them? How cool is THAT? One of their comrades who just made it home safely is coming to talk to our students on Wednesday at our final community celebration for the year - - and I can't wait.  We must teach our children that freedom is not free, and we must never forget!


  1. WOW. They posted the pictures. Isn't that the SWEETEST thing?!
    Love the message "When good goes... It always comes back."

    As I look at the photograph, I am struck by how much they look like "bigger sixth graders" posing with their "Good Citizen certificates." And yet they are willing to put their lives on the line and fight for our freedom.

    While I am typing this, the Arlington ceremony is on TV in the background. A fitting tribute to these men (and women)who received your packages and all of the others whom we honor today.

    Thanks for a post that made me think--and be thankful.

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. Tuesday will be a special day for your special comrade friend and the kids too.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  3. Hello,
    I would like to feature this post on the T.E.A.C.H. Awards at Cachey Mama’s Classroom for May. If you allow me permission to use one image from the post and link back to your post, please e-mail me at cacheymama@gmail.com as soon as possible. Thanks!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom
    PS. If you would like to see past T.E.A.C.H. Awards, click HERE

  4. This was a post worthy of the goosebumps it gave me. How wonderful for all involved! You never cease to inspire!


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