A Day of Remembering

Memorial Day. In the mountains where I grew up, this day was referred to as “decoration day.” The burial places of family and friends were visited and flowers usually placed on the graves. Those who had worn the uniform of service to their country were remembered in a special way with  a tiny American flag placed on their  head stone.

Remembering, decorating, paying respect; important things to do on this day.

But as much as we recall the deeds and the sacrifices of those who have gone before us., and the quality of our lives they sought to improve, it is worth a moments thought to recognize those who labor tirelessly each day to improve the lives of our children.

Of the many I could mention, this day I will salute America’s teachers. Overworked, underpaid and often with inadequate resources, they march on, day after day, encouraging young minds to think and instilling the values that make us proud to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about.

Today, my teachers, I remember you.

Olson Huff

About Olson Huff, MD

Olson Huff is a pediatrician, author, husband, father of three sons and grandfather of four dynamic and growing grandchildren. Often described as a visionary leader and eclectic thinker, his efforts have always been to acknowledge the power, value and delight to be found in ALL children. As a pediatrician he has used his skills as a clinician to provide healing, as an author his words to reveal the spirit of children and as an advocate to plead their case from the state house of politics to the White House of policy changes. His vision is that ALL children will have the very best start in life from their earliest years of development to the brightness of the future they aspire to shape. He believes ALL children have a right to affordable, quality health care, clean and safe environments and homes that cherish their presence.
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