November 8, 2013

Post date: Mar 31, 2014 6:51:40 PM

The Harvest Moon Supper has arrived. There is still an opportunity to purchase tickets at the door tomorrow night. As a reminder, all the proceeds from this event go back to DES in the form of the artist in residence program. Not to mention, you are able to get a preview of Thanksgiving with the wonderful meal the volunteers will be preparing. If you would like more information about tickets or when the doors will open, please feel free to visit the Dunbarton PTO website at: .

Today we had a great morning at Dunbarton Elementary School. We had the honor of hosting seven local veterans who served from World War II all the way to present time. As is common at these events, the students gathered and pledged allegiance to the flag, listened to a brief speech from me about the importance of our veterans and their service to our country, were introduced to the veterans in attendance, thanked the veterans with applause, had a patriotic sing along, and listened to a performance of Taps. Following this sequence of events is where it became really special.

One of the DES students came to me earlier in the morning and asked if she could share her message of thanks with the student body and the veterans. Although it was brief, it was from the heart and perfectly summed up the importance of thanking our veterans. In conclusion, I challenged the students to take the time to individually thank veterans throughout the year and offered to them that they had a perfect opportunity today. At that point, organically, the students and staff formed a line and every single one of them shook the hands of the veterans and thanked them for their service. Using the word impressive only begins to scratch the surface of what the students and staff did for these gentlemen. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank them for their act of class, compassion and respect for the veterans in attendance. It did not go unnoticed by the veterans and they were extremely thankful and impressed with the students and staff.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and, if you are so moved, have the opportunity to thank the veterans in your lives.


Owen Harrington