The following is taken from Mr. Belz’s introduction during the Veteran’s Day Assembly at the Gould Cottage Campus. In addition to the assembly at Gould, Habersham Hall students heard from Jen Edwards’ (Upper School Math Teacher) husband, Chief Warrant Officer Five Brian Edwards. We are thankful for all veterans and specifically the veterans in our Habersham community!

by Max Belz

Today is Veterans Day and we have come together to pay respect to the veterans in our Habersham family.

St. Augustine, an early father of the church, said that the purpose of all wars is peace. We are grateful to you parents who have sacrificed so much to keep the peace, for defending our country, and extending our freedoms. We live in a country where we can worship God as we wish, live in safety, and enjoy great prosperity. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

We also pause to acknowledge the families represented here–both the spouses and the children–who have shared in that sacrifice and have paid a great cost for the citizens of our land. Thank you for your patience, your longsuffering, and your service to our country and to us. Today we honor you.

Veteran’s Day is truly a day of peace, as it marks the end of World War I in 1918 which at the time was thought to be the “war to end all wars.” Though we know that wars will come and go, we do look forward to God’s kingdom of peace which is an “everlasting kingdom,” in the words of the most powerful man of his time, King Nebuchadnezzar.

Thank you to the veterans and the families here. Today we honor you.

The Habersham School