Saluting our veterans

What is a veteran?


Winman teacher Norman Bouthiller who organized the school’s tribute to veterans with Julie Connors Costello and Anibal Raposo answered that question as he addressed a full auditorium Friday morning. “Well,” he said, “it is someone who has served in the military; someone who has heard a higher calling; someone who sought out a purpose or a profession; someone who felt duty and honor are important; someone who felt we/you, us are worth defending and protecting; someone who felt our values and beliefs are worth defending and providing a better place for future generations of all people.” The tribute included the recognition of veterans by the branches of service the Star Spangled Banner as performed by the school chorale and America the Beautiful played by the school orchestra. Bouthiller, wearing his Air Force fatigues, said his decision to enlist more than 30 years ago was the single most important decision of his life, “being a veteran is an honor that I will always treasure and hold dear to my heart.” He noted his father served when the Berlin Wall went up and he was in the service when it came down.


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