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Veteran's Day: Refreshing

So, yesterday afternoon, after I had returned from a high school visit that took up most of my morning, I had the pleasure of attending my son's elementary school Veteran's Day program.

It was an afternoon filled with the usual pleasantries directed towards the handful of (very deserving) veterans in attendance. The kids sang songs (none of which included anything by Lee Greenwood, I might add), presented each of the vets with a flower and, in general, said thank-you to all of those American men and women who don a uniform in service to this country.

But, do you know what I enjoyed the most?

It wasn't the singing. It wasn't the high school trumpet player's brave attempt at "Taps". It wasn't the presentation by the married couple who met at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Adak, Alaska. It wasn't even finding out that, unbeknown to me, a new friend of mine fought in the Gulf War.

What I enjoyed the most out of the whole assembly was the fact that nobody said anything political.

Nobody stood up and said, "Democrats are soft on terrorism and military issues!" Nobody stood up and said, "America should get out of Afghanistan NOW." Nobody stood up and said, "Barack Obama is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief because he is Kenyan."

Granted, it is quite possible that many people were thinking some of these thoughts (and others). But, because none of those folks acted on their thoughts, it was very nice to sit and listen to the kids. They did a great job singing the praises of those men and women who have answered the call of a grateful nation -- and not worry about some crazed activist (liberal or conservative) standing up and ruining the assembly for everyone else.