Editor’s Note: As part of the Tribune’s sponsorship of the Higley Unified School District’s sixth-annual Veterans Day celebration, we are proud to present the text of Higley High School senior Morgan Getts’ upcoming speech at Friday’s event.
Honor for veterans, sacrifice an everyday thing
I would like to tell you why Veterans Day is important to me. My great-grandfather was a World War II veteran; he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was apart of the 75th Infantry Division. One thing my great-grandfather stressed was he did not consider himself a hero.
He believed the real heroes were the ones who laid down their lives fighting for our country. This statement shows how humble and honorable my great-grandpa was. I believe this is a similarity all veterans and military personnel have in common: the will to do the honorable and selfless thing.
Veteran’s Day is important to me because it is a national day that celebrates the men and women who have made sacrifices for our country. However, we shouldn’t just pick one day to honor the men and women who have and are sacrificing for our country.
We should learn from them and their sacrifices. We should learn why these sacrifices had to be made and work to make a difference so history doesn’t repeat itself. We can make a difference by connecting, engaging and inspiring.
Our generation has the ability to change the world; we each have special talents and abilities that set us apart from one another. Use your unique talents to connect to your community. Connecting to your community will eventually lead to the outreach of your state, nation, and who knows, maybe even the world.
Engaging with others is equally as important as connecting with them; however, engaging goes deeper than connecting. Engaging with your community means getting involved. Volunteering and participating in community events not only willchange your life, but will also make an impact on many others within your community.
Most importantly you need to inspire others. Live your life in a way that makes people look up to you, just as we all look up to the veterans who have fought, and those who lost their lives fighting for us and our country.It all starts with us.
Don’t just expect or hope for change. Initiate it. Veterans are prime examples of individuals who connect, engage and inspire others, whether it is in their rigorous basic training, honorable service or brave deployment.
We can all learn from veterans and by doing so, we will honor veterans and the sacrifices they have made for generations year around. For all who are at the Veterans Day celebration, learn from the veterans, learn from history and celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed for our country. You are never too young or old to make a difference.
Keep connecting, engaging and inspiring and you will impact the lives around you. Thank you. God bless our veterans and God bless America.
Morgan Getts is a senior and student body president at Higley High School. She will speak Friday at the Sixth annual Veterans Day Celebration, which starts at 9 a.m. at the school, 4068 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert . The community is welcome to attend this free event.