I meant to post this yesterday but didn’t get the chance. I had been at the Remembrance Day (Veterans’ Day (edited)) assembly at my kids’ elementary school.
It was incredibly moving with bagpipes, a slideshow of service members’ snapshots, and of course many poems and songs shared by the students. A teacher recounted the story of how her parents met in the Netherlands and the special friendship that still exists between the Netherlands and Canada. (Worth researching if you haven’t learned it yet.) I was moved to tears several times and I was very impressed by the overall comportment of the kids who sang O Canada twice with gusto (French and English), sat quietly for an hour, performed their duties with solemnity and care, resisted their natural desire to applaud presenters, and valiantly kept their fingers out of their ears during the bagpipe lament (most of them!), and filed back to class reverently.
I racked my brain trying to remember similar ones from my childhood in MN. I can’t, and I don’t know if that is my admittedly poor memory or if they just never happened. Does anyone else have any memories like the ones I am missing, that I hope my children will retain?