Next Wednesday, Nov. 11, Pagosa Springs Middle School’s eighth-grade students will host the 15th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast to honor and thank the veterans of Archuleta County for their service to our country.
This tradition of a free breakfast was started by Dan Janowsky, then eighth-grade social studies teacher, and has continued under the leadership of teacher Scott White.
Students, parents and teachers prepare and serve breakfast to all the veterans who served our country. But it’s more than just breakfast that is served. They dish out love, thankfulness and admiration for those who served our country. Everyone who attends the event walks away with a nourished heart and soul.
The seventh- and eighth-grade band and choir provide patriotic music to add to the event, honoring all who served in times of war and in times of peace.
My dad always looked forward to the annual Veterans Day breakfast.
I would use the excuse of taking photos for the newspaper so that I could watch from the sidelines as Dad shared his scrapbook of Navy memories with youngsters who were eager to hear his stories. I loved to watch his eyes sparkle with happiness as he reminisced with other veterans.
Breakfast was still being served at the Community Center last year when the first Letter to the Editor praising the event was delivered to my desk.