A 10-year old girl beams as her 80-year old grandfather receives a spirited, standing ovation from the St. Luke’s crowd. He is honored as a military veteran. She sees him with new eyes. Welcome to one of my favorite St. Luke’s traditions. For many years, we’ve combined our all-school Veterans Day ceremony with our fifth grade Grandparents and Special Friends Day. This special event took place November 8th. Eighty-six guests attended, 17 of whom were veterans. The children sang, then jumped to their feet to cheer and thank these men and women who served and protected our country. Students hand-delivered beautiful letters they had written to each veteran. It’s hard to convey the emotion and pride in the room. I cannot fathom a more meaningful celebration.
Today, on Veterans Day, I’d like to share another powerful tribute. This one delivered by St. Luke’s Senior, Sebastian Bates. In his Meditation, Sebastian honors his grandfather and great-grandfather, two men who, when faced with war, chose very different paths. I urge you to listen to Sebastian. He offers both an intelligent perspective on the complex topics of war and duty, and a glimpse of the leadership qualities we hope to foster in all of our students.
Please take a moment to look through these photos from the November 8th Grandparents and Special Friends Day.