Following the Pledge of Allegiance during homeroom this morning, students and staff listened to a tribute recognizing National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, named by President Obama on this 75th anniversary of the WWII conflict that took the lives of 2,400 Americans. Our flags were lowered to half-staff, and Physics Teacher James Martin, a veteran of the Vietnam War, read from President Obama’s proclamation:
“In memory of all who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 -- and those who responded by leaving their homes for the battlefields – On this solemn anniversary there can be no higher tribute to these American patriots than forging a united commitment to honor our troops and veterans, give them the support and care they deserve, and carry on their work of keeping our country strong and free.”
Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-68 as a 2nd Class Machinist Mate on three ships, the U.S.S. Bang, the U.S.S. Robert E. Lee and the U.S.S. Albacore. We appreciate his service.