Loudoun County, Va. (June 17, 2014) – Representatives from the United States Army Recruiting Command honored Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Dr. Edgar B. Hatrick III in a brief ceremony on Thursday, June 26, 2014, in the LCPS Administrative Building.
“In appreciation for your many years of service to the community and for your support of recruiting operations through the access provided to recruiters to the school system and, more importantly, for the outstanding education you have provided for the youth of Loudoun County, we would like to make a brief presentation in honor of your 47 1/2 years of service,” said Lt. Col. David S. Dinkelman. “Maybe they (some students) don’t join the military services, but they appreciate the goals of the military services. Our military is blessed that we have gone to war and come back to a generation that embraced us upon our return.
“You (Dr. Hatrick) have touched every one of those young people that truly understands and welcomes those that serve.”
Dinkleman presented Hatrick with the following:
- A plaque from the Army “In appreciation for your exemplary service and dedication to the students and families of Loudoun County for the past forty-seven years.”
- A letter of congratulations from Dinkelman “On the occasion of your retirement, your tireless efforts have ensured that the people of Loudoun County and the United States will reap the benefits provided by the exceptional graduates of your school system.”
In accepting the honors presented, Hatrick said “I am pleased to say that since 1976, we have been able to celebrate our local veterans through Veterans Day programs, which have grown in importance in all of our schools. We are in school on Veterans Day, which is unusual, but was done at the request of the military veterans in our community. By our being in school that day, we are able to appropriately celebrate our veterans through programs in our schools.
“There is a great respect in this country for those of you who serve and for those of you who defend our freedom. I appreciate this very much because I have such great respect for the work that our service men and women do in all branches of the military. I shall treasure these.”