LMS Recognizes Veterans for their Tremendous SacrificeNovember 14, 2014
by Doug Robinson
Students, staff, and faculty filled the Litchfield Middle School gymnasium to celebrate and give honor to the nation’s veterans during their annual Veterans Day event.
Once the Pledge of Allegiance, national anthem, and introductions were made, student essay winners, Jessica Grant and Olivia Carson, offered their respects to our veterans in their winning essay responses to “Why do we honor veterans.”
Jessica Grant writes that “this holiday was meant to acknowledge and honor all the men and women who have served in our armed forces. This includes members of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Coast Guard. Veterans are honored for the sacrifices they have made to serve our county.”
She continued by stating, “Veterans are the bravest people in our nations and they are honored for helping our country have so many rights and freedoms. All veterans, especially the people that do not remain with us today, have paid the ultimate price for freedom in America. This is why we own them a tremendous debt of gratitude.”
Classmate Olivia Carlson took to the podium emphasizing the importance of what veterans “do for us every single day. Veterans don’t get the credit they deserve for all they do for our country. As Americans we hold the responsibility to serve them as they have served us, and that is with respect and admirations. We only have one day to do this out of the year so we have to make it count. Veterans are more than a people with experience; they are a people that will be remembered for what they did for our country”
Retired Master Sergeant Mary Siperek was the honored speaker at the LMS Veterans Day Celebration.
While Siperek touched upon the sum of her military sacrifices and responsibilities as outlined by the eighth grade student speakers, Siperek focused her comments on how her years in the military afforded her preparedness, training, and discipline for all of life’s events.
“The military taught me many things very early on in my career. During basic training I had to learn things that didn’t seem to make sense to me at the time. Like, how to make my bed perfectly (leaving no bumps in the sheets or blankets). Why? What’s the purpose of that? Wrinkled sheets are no big deal, right?
“I also had to polish the chrome on the sinks and toilets in the latrines until they shined like the top of the Chrysler building. Weird, I know. At the time when I was learning how to do all of these things, I really did not know the importance of it.”
Master Sgt. Siperek continued to state, “As time went on, it all started to make sense and all the things they taught me in basic training sure did come in handy throughout out my career.”
He stated that “serving in the military has been an honor and, although I no longer wear the uniform and report to duty, I will remain an Airman forever. So, kids, you are constantly being told to do things. Clean your room, do your homework, be kind to your brother or sister. You are also being taught new things every day. Sometimes, you will wonder why? What is the purpose? Try to think of it like this: you are in training, training for your life and for your future. Do things and do them well.”
To conclude her speech, Master Sgt. Siperek commented, “Tomorrow is Veterans Day. It is a day of celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Let’s remember all of our veterans.”