Veterans day

Back in September 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren,
> a military history school teacher at Joe T. Robinson High School, did
> something not to be forgotten.
> On the first day of school, with the permission of the school
> superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she
> removed all of the desks out of her classroom. When the first period
> kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks. 'Ms.
> Cothren, where are our desks?' She replied, 'You can't have a desk
> until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk' They
> thought, 'Well, maybe it's our grades.' 'No,' she said. 'Maybe it's
> our behavior.' She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'
> And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third
> period. Still no desks in the classroom.
> By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in
> Ms. Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had
> taken all the desks out of her room.
> The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found
> seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom, Martha Cothren said,
> 'Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she
> has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily
> found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you..'
> At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom > and opened it.
> Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that
> classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing
> the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand
> alongside the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final
> desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first
> time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had > been earned..
> Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These
> heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's
> up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be
> good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you
> could have the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.' >
> By the way, this is a true story.
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Steve W.
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Wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Typically for Americans nowadays, the text said "Where's our desks?" insted of "Where are our desks?" or "Where're our desks?" Was it the author or the students who actually muffed that one?
To our veterans, I salute and thank you, always.
-- That's the thing about needs. Sometimes, when you get them met, you don't need them anymore. -- Michael Patrick King
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Larry Jaques
Every year on this day I'm reminded of the sacrifices that vets have made and the liberals that spit on my friends coming back from Nam.
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Tom Gardner
Thanks for posting this Steve . I'm going to send it to a few folks who I know will appreciate it . And a few whom I'm pretty sure it'll piss off .
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