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Dear Editor:

I just returned from a very inspirational Veterans Day program put on by the children of St. Patrick School in Carlisle.

While there seems to be no shortage of negative things happening in the world, today's program was just the opposite —very uplifting and very positive. Every child in the school, from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade participated. It was particularly heartwarming to see that even the very youngest children participated in reciting the pledge of allegiance.

The program included posting of the colors as well as a procession of all the service flags. Numerous patriotic songs were sung and there was a special reading commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the ending of WWI. The faculty and staff obviously put significant effort into preparing the children for this special tribute for veterans.

This old soldier wishes to extend a thank you and a salute to all the children, faculty and staff of St. Patrick School. Your Program was titled “A Salute, Thank You and Remembrance” and you certainly accomplished your mission!

Werner G Schmidt Jr.

Boiling Springs

Colonel, US Army Retired

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