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    In Recognition of Veterans Day 2020
    Posted on 11/09/2020
    A photo of Principal Cross

    In Recognition of Veterans Day 2020

    By Principal Bruno Cross, Seattle World School

    On Wednesday, November 11, the United States recognizes and celebrates Veterans Day. Many around the world also recognize this day as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, along with other coinciding public holidays. On this day in 1918, a ceasefire agreement signaled the end of World War I, the "war to end all wars," which took effect at the "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month."  The end of this brutal war, which impacted millions of people, did not end and has not ended all wars.

    As a veteran, this day has special meaning to me and many of my shipmates and fellow veterans. It is a big part of the reason why and how I came to be a teacher.

    While in the military, I decided that although the struggles we faced in preparing for war and conducting warfare were real in the moment, I wondered what it would feel like and be like to prepare for peace and conducting peaceful struggle. Through teaching, learning, and leading in our public schools and other community organizations, I believe we can strengthen our democracy and create opportunities for all people in our world to thrive.

    If we can impact our young peoples' abilities to engage the world in authentically critical and courageous ways that highlight dialogue and build on our skills and abilities to engage in critical discourse, then maybe, we can choose peace over war as a form of struggle.

    Photos of Bruno Cross in the navyThis Veterans Day, in addition to recognizing my fellow veterans, I recognize and celebrate our learning communities of students, staff, families, and the countless community partners who support our schools and community centers, at Seattle World School and all around the world. The opportunity to lead, teach, and learn is a fundamental right and responsibility to sustain our humanity and natural world. Thank you students, teachers, families and community partners who bring so much to the day-to-day struggle that is learning.

    I am proud to serve with you.


    Bruno Cross, Ed.D.
    Seattle World School