On Nov. 10 my wife and I drove to Lewisburg, West Virginia, to attend the Veterans Day Program at Greenbrier East High School, where our granddaughter is a sophomore. We have attended this annual program every year she has been in school.
The students of Greenbrier East presented the best Veterans Day Program that we have ever attended, and we have attended many.
The members of the school’s JROTC program (about half of the student body) conducted a truly moving tribute to the large group of veterans attending.
Maj. Darel Pickenpaugh always does a great job directing the JROTC students presenting the program, but this year’s program was his career best. Every veteran attending was truly honored to be recognized and thanked for their service.
On Nov. 11 my wife and I attended the Veterans Day Program at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock where our granddaughter is in the second grade. This program was presented by Post 199 of the American Legion in Woodstock. Kenn Sadler, Ted Pederson, and Doug Seibert presented a wonderful program.
On Veterans Day my wife and I and our 12-year-old grandson went to Ben’s Diner in Woodstock for lunch. When our waitress brought our check, she told me that a lady had paid for my meal when she paid her check and had already left the diner.
Although I will never know who she is, I hope that this nice lady knows that I deeply appreciate her kind, thoughtful, and generous gesture. It warmed an old sailor’s heart.
It is people like her who make people like me proud and honored to have served.
Frederick Holland, Woodstock