That’s a video of a group of third-graders from Virginia from 2010.
On Veteran’s Day 2011, we posted a message about how to really thank those who have served our country. Here’s a link to that post because it still resonates one year later. Working for NYSUT, I’m often reminded of the direct connection between teaching and the military. Many NYSUT members have served in one of the branches of the armed forces or in the National Guard. They tell me they were called to serve.
Speaking of calling, if you’re not going to see any of the veterans in your life, please pick up the phone to call them. I called my father yesterday, like I do every Sunday. Last year, I took Bill Lawson’s advice and made sure to thank my dad for giving up those years of his life in his 20s and defending our country during the Korean War. Usually my father falls silent when emotion overtakes him and he was silent for quite awhile after I gave my little speech. He was more prepared last night and he was even able to joke about it a little bit, saying that if he would have known I would go work to get out the vote for Barack Obama, he might have stayed in Alaska. My father hated Alaska then and hates it now. But then, he was silent again. His voice trembled a bit when he said: “You know Bets, I’m kidding and you’re welcome.”
I might have time to call again today, but it’s unlikely. Today is my annual union day and I’m with my brothers and sisters of the Professional Staff Association. We’re the labor relations specialists and other professional staff of NYSUT’s various departments. In addition to our annual business meeting, today we’re raising funds for NYSUT’s Disaster Relief Fund and for DonorsChoose.org. You should consider giving to these two charities too. Here’s why: