My father, Sam Petriello, is a World War II veteran and a Marine corporal who fought in the last battle of Okinawa. He also served as a sergeant in the 2nd Infantry Division in the U.S. Army. Sam participated in the first landing in Japan and the surrender of Japanese forces in North China. At the age of 85, my father is the president-elect of the 6th Marine Division Association, and he still meets with his Marine Corps buddies the second Tuesday of every month. My father lost his brother, Louis, in the war, as well as many friends and comrades, so Memorial Day was always a special day when we were growing up. My father instilled in his children and grandchildren the love of God and country, and he taught us the values of loyalty and hard work. My final post is dedicated to him.
Photo: My father at a Fourth of July parade.
For this Memorial Day, it is important to recognize those U.S. soldiers who died while serving their country. I believe Charles M. Province's poem, "It Is the Soldier," conveys the importance of these brave men and women:
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Copyright 1970, 2011, Charles M. Province, U.S. Army, www.Pattonhq.com.
Today we remember and thank all Americans who have died in service to our country.
Being a Scholastic teacher advisor has been an amazing experience. I cannot thank Scholastic enough for giving me the platform to talk about educational matters, instructional techniques, teaching strategies, lesson plans, wonderful books, cocurricular activities, and the awesome students at Revere High School. Special thanks to Nancy S., Gabe B., Kathy W., Hannah, Yawen, Letecia S., and my fellow bloggers, Allie, Mary, Nancy J., and Brent for their constant support. I am anxious to begin my summer vacation at the beach with Flippy (below).
Finally, for fans of High School Uncut, here's the latest episode. For those who want to continue following the saga or need to contact me, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you all for everything! Have a great summer!