Long before some of you were even born, I did a bit of protesting against a war that had divided families and our country. I was a high school student attending a nearby college for part of each day and so I saw glimpses of what peaceful protests as well as angry mobs. I helped stage a "sit out" on the "grassy area" of my high school one morning! We stayed out just long enough to get detention and to get into the local news, but not so long that we got suspended!
It's been a long while since I've had such a "cause" and students rising to bring issues to life. So, I'm watching today's students with pride and confidence because they are fueling discussion and images that just might change our country's direction. I'm reminded that our words and our actions are most powerful when they are respectful and heartfelt. Today, I'm wearing my orange ribbon in support with pride.