Ho`ala Salutes our Military Families

Each year we honor our Military families by celebrating a special day in April called "Purple Up Day". Spanish teacher, Puri Garcia had a long career in the Air Force and knows first-hand some of the hardships that are unique to military families including long deployments for parents and separations for children. At Ho`ala School, we take special care to watch over and support those students who may be experiencing sadness, anxiety or loneliness when a parent is deployed or away from home for an extended period. 

During a short assembly, the whole school gathered and any student whose parent is currently active in the military was recognized and received a purple ribbon. A student of two active military parents then read a poem entitled "I Serve Too".

I Serve Too

He puts on his flight suit, he puts on his combat boots, he puts on his dog tags, he puts on his hat, he packs his duffel bag and says goodbye. I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too. 

He missed my music program, he missed my birthday, he missed Christmas, he missed my soccer games and swim meets, he missed our family vacations, he missed my achievements, he is gone when I need him most. I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too.

I let him go for your freedom of speech, I let him go for your right to vote, I let him go for your right to be free, I let him go knowing he might not come home. I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too.

I see the flag and I feel reverence, I hear the anthem and try to be brave, I hope for the day I can embrace my hero, I may not wear the uniform, but I serve too. 

 

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