NBC12 Viewpoint: A week for appreciation

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 12:44 PM EDT
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By Kym Grinnage | email

This week I would like to spend my time showing appreciation.

This past week was National Teachers Appreciation Week. I don’t know of a single individual who cannot name a special teacher that made an impact on their lives.

Your first teachers may be your parents, but those teachers in school are the ones who also get credit for helping us create a life and make a living. A teacher’s job is not just about academics; teachers build character.

Thank you to all of our teachers past and present for making the decision to be an educator.

If it wasn’t enough to say thank you to our teachers we also had the opportunity this week to say thank you to our life saving and life changing nurses. Yes, it was also National Nurses Appreciation Week.

It’s very hard to go through life without experiencing the special care of a nurse. There is no doubt about the important role of our doctors, but we must salute the special role that nurses play in people’s lives every day from birth until death.

During wartime and peace time, we have to say a special thank you the members of the military. May is National Military Appreciation Month and this is truly our honor to salute all current members of the military and most importantly our veterans past and present.

There is no higher call of duty that I can think of than the call to serve. Thank you for your sacrifice and your service.

And finally it is very appropriate for me to honor one of our fallen heroes, Dave Frasier, the former VP of Operations & Engineering at WWBT. Dave transitioned from this life on April 26.

David Gregory was once the VP of Operations & Engineering at NBC12.
David Gregory was once the VP of Operations & Engineering at NBC12.

He was a commanding force and well-loved colleague for 39 wonderful years. In recognition of his service to our industry the Virginia Association of Broadcasters named him Engineer of the Year in 2000. And on a very special note, Dave was an Army Special Forces veteran, Green Beret serving during the Berlin Crisis.

Thank you Dave for a life filled with distinction, love, service and honor.