I once again had the honor and privilege of attending the Lamberton Middle School Veteran’s Day ceremony. I wish to thank everyone involved for another touching tribute to our nation’s veterans — the faculty, staff, and students of Lamberton Middle School, the Cumberland County Honor Guard who take the time to begin their very busy Veteran’s Day at this ceremony, the Rev. Scheneman for his haunting bagpipes, the volunteer parents who organize the reception, the veteran residents of Chapel Pointe and the staff who care for them, and LTC Chris Alfeiri for his outstanding remarks.
For many years, students, parents, faculty, district administrators and board members, as well as veterans from Chapel Pointe nursing facility have gathered for a program that poignantly includes tributes from students to military family members past and present. The heartfelt words from these students, especially those whose mothers or fathers are currently deployed, speak with a simple eloquence that belies a complex and lasting impact these separations have on their young lives.
As an army brat, a veteran, and spouse of a retired army officer, I have always found special meaning in this ceremony. Amidst the onslaught of current events, it is an opportunity to share a few moments honoring those who have selflessly volunteered to serve our country. We can all learn from these young people — as well as from students across the Carlisle Area School District in our elementary schools and our high school, where students and faculty respectfully observed their own ceremonies or a moment of silence.
Surely we can continue to find common ground in our love for our nation if we can come together in honoring those who choose to defend her.