Windsor Elementary salutes veterans

Published 10:15 am Friday, November 11, 2016

Fourth grade students at Windsor Elementary School on Thursday morning paid their respects to veterans, particularly those who are their parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, many who were in the audience. Bright-colored flags and pennants decorated above the cafetorium stage as children sang patriotic songs or recited quotes pertinent to the occasion.

But the young Hornets also got something in return as Air Force veteran Herb Foret spoke to them.

“I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t tear up seeing this assembly,” said Foret, 60 going on 61.

Servicemen and women were escorted to the assembly by fourth graders at Windsor Elementary School.

Servicemen and women were escorted to the assembly by fourth graders at Windsor Elementary School.

He explained that part of his background for being in the armed forces comes from his father, who was an Army Air Corps fighter pilot that served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. In turn, Foret decided he wanted to become an American fighter pilot as well. To get there required a lot of him, starting when he was in elementary school himself.

“Do your work homework in all things,” he said. “Grades matter. Performance matters.”

Some children took exception to the homework part of Foret’s message and replied, “Nooooo!”

He reminded them, “We’re a product of our country and parents. It takes everyone to pull it together — custodians, coaches, teachers … .”

Foret asked several fourth graders what they wanted to be when they grow up. After hearing the responses, he told them to write that down as a commitment.

They were also reminded not to lie, cheat or steal and nor should they tolerate anyone who does. That was part of his vow when going to Air Force Academy, and Foret gave that to them now.

“I would not have done it [his life] any other different way,” he said, and reiterated his earlier points: “Do your homework and remain committed. Remember that parents, teachers, counselors, etc., are all there to help you do that.”

The program continued with members of Cub Scout Pack 41 ceremoniously folding a flag as other students made quotes. Following a playing of “Taps,” the assembly concluded.