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Superintendent's column: Students show appreciation to veterans

By BY ROBERT JAKLICH
May 18, 2013 at 12:18 a.m.

Robert Jaklich

As superintendent of schools for the Victoria Independent School District, I have the privilege to experience the "power of our people" on a daily basis. As the city of Victoria began preparing for Warrior's Weekend, the Victoria ISD stood ready to do our part. Our students were involved last Saturday in placing the American flags at the Field of Honor. We were so proud of our students as they displayed great respect for the flags and the families of the people who sponsored them. During the week, one of our schools went on a field trip to the Field of Honor. These fifth-grade students from Mission Valley Elementary School were so respectful and so understanding that when a group of students knelt down in prayer for our soldiers, they were joined by the rest of their classmates. And then, Friday, the warriors rolled into town. It was an amazing sight to see hundreds of our students and staff lined up and down the side of the roadway to pay their respects to our wounded warriors and welcome them to the opening ceremony at Faith Family Church.

This week, our students also wrote letters to the wounded warriors, expressing their appreciation for their sacrifices to make our country free. I would like to share with you a passage from a letter written by one of our high school students:

". I respect what you do for all of us. We are proud to call you our protectors. I, for one, am very thankful to have people as brave and as true as you. Thank you for giving us hope, keeping us safe and making this nation a nation where dreams come true. Thank you for serving the red, white and blue."

Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." On behalf of our board of trustees and the entire VISD, we would like to thank all of our service men and women for their efforts and sacrifices in making our country and community such a wonderful place to live, educate children and raise a family. We realize that freedom is a gift, and we will always remember their sacrifices so that we can live free.

Robert Jaklich is the superintendent for the Victoria Independent School District. Contact him at 361-788-9202 or through the VISD website, visd.com.

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