To the Editor:
I thought patriotism was almost dead. This letter is to thank Crystal Lake South High School for the Veterans Day program. Our daughter attended with me and my husband, a veteran of the Air Force in the Korean War. Our two grandchildren, students of CLS, also were there to honor their grandfather and all the other veterans.
Besides the program, which brought tears to not only my eyes, the preparation and decorations and the behind-the-scenes work was spectacular. The students paid attention during the program, were polite and several offered their hands to my husband with a much appreciated, “thank you for your service.”
The few dignitaries who were there kept their remarks short and to the point. That was so appreciated by me as well as the students.
The student involvement was so evident and so well done from greeting the veterans outside the building to offering to show me the bathroom, to their smiles and enthusiasm with the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance to the “thank you for coming” as we were leaving.
After the program, the reception with the beautiful table decorations, the orchestra, the cookies and the “professional portrait pictures” the students offered were wonderful. The veterans got a chance to talk to each other and circulating students, teachers and staff.
Thank you, CLS High School, for restoring my faith about the patriotism of the American people.