Today, I was invited to Pine Ridge Elementary School in Ada, MI.
Both had Veterans Day celebrations that impacted me but in two very different ways. Both sent and had a wonderful message! USAA is built around veterans and their members are veterans and their families so there is a natural appreciation and their Veterans Day program certainly showed their affiliation. A dignified and respectful ceremony with flag officers, wounded warriors from the nearby medical center, family members, USAA team members and a crowded, standing room only audience.
|Captain Smiley speaking at Veterans Day Celebration at USAA|
Jump ahead to Ada, Michigan this morning. Another type of invitation, not as formal, no airline tickets required but just as important. A local school invited veterans to have lunch with their children or grandchildren to recognize area veterans. Certainly not a center of military personnel, or even retirees like San Antonio but Americans all have a way to say thank you. No big fanfare but certainly appreciation.
|Proud grandson meeting grandpa at classroom to celebrate Veterans Day|
|Enjoying lunch during Veterans Day celebration|
Col K is a retired Air Force pilot who served with the best of the military community from the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. He flew combat rescue and special operations helicopters, fixed wing trainers and airlift and retired while flying the C-17 as the Vice Wing Commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord AFB. He enjoys writing about military issues and is a frequent contributor to the the DoD Blogger Roundtable at DoDLive.
A member of a proud military family that created MilitaryAvenue.com to support the troops and their families, he enjoys the continued military ties from blogging.
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