By Chris Baxley | November 14, 2023
Although I am a veteran, I have never made a big deal of Veterans Day. I certainly appreciate the kind words and hold in high regard all who’ve served.
This year, however, I am humbly asking for my fellow Tennesseans’ support in defending and protecting our children.
On March 27, the youngest two of our three children came home from school very anxious. They were on lockdown most of the day and knew something had happened. We explained that a shooter broke into Covenant, a nearby school, and murdered three children and three adults. Our then-second-grade son listened and darted off to his room to process the news. Our then-third-grade daughter stood like a statue in our kitchen. After what felt like forever, she asked: “Do I know them?”
Two of my daughter’s friends were killed at the Covenant School
I still tear up thinking about the moment we explained that two of her friends, Hallie Scruggs and Evelyn Dieckhaus, were killed along with another student, William Kinney, and three staff members. Her eyes conveyed her disbelief and grief, but she couldn’t say anything.
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Chris Baxley, an Army veteran who most recently served as captain, is vice president of Health System Strategy and Partnerships at Radiology Partners