This year we have extended our writing by sending notes several times throughout the year to a local VA Hospital. A local member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has been gracious enough to come in and speak with our fourth graders about how meaningful and important it is to recognize and thank our vets. Mr. Frank tells the students how 'thrilled' the veterans are when they receive these cards and letters as many don't have family and therefore, don't receive mail. He says that these notes are a highlight.
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We had to take our Thank You's even one step further. I learned about this organization called, Honor Flight Network. This non-profit organization flies World War II vets and terminally ill veterans to our nation's capital to see the memorials. (My dad flew with them from Michigan to Washington, DC and had a most memorable trip!) Recently, I learned there was an Honor Flight New England so I asked all the fourth grade students if they would be willing to write ONE more Thank You. This time we researched the National World War II Memorial so we could weave in a fact or two with our thank you's.
The power of these notes is undeniable. And not just for the veterans. It truly gives my 10 year old students a chance to recognize the efforts of others while learning about our country's heroes. Students are interested in what these folks did during their time in the service. They really take such pride in their work because they know it is important work! It would please you to read these heartfelt letters of thanks and know that today's generation really does care!
Operation Gratitude: Writing Letters & Sending Care Packages to Veterans
A Million Thanks - Year round campaign to show appreciation to Veterans, past, present & future.