One rewarding aspect of the mission at the Tooele Education Foundation is to promote the spirit of patriotism and dedication to country throughout Tooele School District and our community as a whole. As such, it was nice to see the various Veterans Day activities held throughout the district this past week whereby schools invited veterans to lunch and recognition assemblies. As an Army veteran, few things warm my heart more than to see students and others understand and appreciate the many sacrifices made by our countries service members, and to show genuine gratitude for such service.
Most people are keenly aware that freedom isn’t really free, but rather comes with devastating consequences and a steep price. It was truly humbling to see many groups and organizations come together this past Saturday at the local National Guard Armory and Veterans Memorial Park to honor our veterans and to shine the spotlight on a tragic reality of military service…veteran suicide rates.
I am particularly reminded of a quote by Cynthia Ozick, “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” Thankfully, this was not the case in the Tooele Valley this recent Veterans Day. Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn, council members, along with Jon Gossett from the Life’s Worth Living Foundation teamed up to spearhead a special recognition celebration highlighting the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day. Part of their message was, “that it is everyone’s responsibility to continue to do everything humanly possible to support and honor our veterans, and to assist in taking care of them once they return from their service.”
Let us always recognize the essential fight for liberty and freedom that these heroes engage in. On behalf of everyone at the Tooele Education Foundation and Tooele County School District, we salute all past and present military service members for the privilege to call this wonderful nation our dearly beloved homeland.