"The purpose of all war is peace."
- Saint Augustine, 354-430
Serving families around the world has amplified my gratitude to all who have participated in securing our freedom and safety. I see the faces of my children in our students. Their parents have the same wishes that I have for my kids - we desperately want the best for them now and for their future. I feel such gratitude that my country has been fought for and protected for the generations of children who live beyond the generations of heroes who gave their all for us.
My children can dream and also believe that they can make their dreams come true. They can take a stand, use their voice, and make a difference without fear. They can fully participate in education and have immediate access to health care. Success and fulfillment are waiting here for children when they are born. It is a gift from our country. Surrounded by their beautiful world, they can not imagine what life might have been for them without our freedom.
It is important to me to give the gift of gratitude to my children. I need for them to understand the blessings we have in our peaceful, humble life. I want them to recognize the legacy of heroes who wanted so much to secure a wonderful life for families...and what the reality was for them and their own families. Finally, I wish for them to learn over time what the opposite of freedom has meant for people in our world. With this knowledge and appreciation, it is my hope that my children will carry forward gratitude throughout their lives...and use their gifts to leave this world more a peaceful place than it was when they arrived.
Thank you to all who serve, past and present, as well as to their families. We will remember.
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Speech Therapy
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