Having lived all over the world and all over the country I can assure you that this level of patriotism and willingness to include songs and statements that recognize the faith of our founders is no longer the rule but, rather, the exception. To see the bright faces of these children, shake their hands and accept their thanks was humbling to say the least.
So, I wanted to extend my deepest appreciation and I'm sure the appreciation of all the veterans present and those who couldn't be there to the students, faculty and staff of the Rockwood Elementary School for your spirit, patriotism and pride. It sure made this veteran thankful to be in this community.
Laurie Knepper, Lt. Col. (Ret.), USAF, NC