VETERANS DAY LETTERS

 

A great story: Will bring tears to your eyes and remind us all how dear our Veterans are:

 


Viet  Nam
 1966 

Richard,  (my husband), never really talked a lot about  his time in   Viet Nam ,  other than  he had been shot by a sniper. However, he had a  rather grainy, 8 x 10 black and white photo he                                              had  taken at a USO show of Ann Margret with Bob Hope  in the background that was one of his treasures.   

A few years ago, Ann Margret was  doing a book signing at a local bookstore.  Richard wanted to see if he could get her to   
sign the treasured photo so he arrived  at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for the 7:30  signing.  

When I got there after  work, the line went all the way around the   bookstore, circled the parking lot, and  disappeared behind a parking garage. Before her  appearance, bookstore employees announced that  she would sign only her book and no memorabilia  would be permitted.   

Richard   was disappointed, but wanted to show her  the photo and let her know how much those shows  meant to lonely GI's so far from home.. Ann  Margret came out looking as beautiful as ever  and, as second in line, it was soon Richard's  turn.  

He presented the book for  her signature and then took out the photo. When  he did, there were many shouts from the  employees that she would not sign it. Richard  said, 'I understand. I just wanted her to see  it.'  

She took one look at the  photo,  tears welled up in her eyes and she  said, 'This is one of my  gentlemen from    Viet Nam and I most certainly will sign  his photo. I know what these men did for their  country and I always have time for 'my  gentlemen.''   

With  that, she pulled Richard across the table and  planted a big kiss on him. She then made   quite a to-do about the bravery of   the young men she met over the years, how  much she admired them, and how much she  appreciated them. There weren't too many dry  eyes among those close enough to  hear. She  then posed for pictures and acted as if he were  the only one there.  

Later at  dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if  he'd like to talk about it, my big, strong  husband broke down in tears.. 'That's the first   time anyone ever thanked me for my time in  the Army,' he said.  

That night was  a turning point for him. He walked a little   straighter and, for the first time in  years, was proud to have been a Vet. I'll never  forget Ann Margret for her graciousness and how  much that small act of kindness meant to my  husband.  

I now make it a point to  say 'Thank you' to every person I come across  who served in our Armed Forces.. Freedom does  not come cheap and I am grateful for all those  who have served their  country.
  

If  you'd like to pass on this story, feel free to  do so. Perhaps it will help others to become  aware of how important it is to acknowledge the  contribution our service people  make.  

Mr. Gray's Middle School Class

Contact_StreetAddress: Behavior Adjustment Center

Contact_City: Marshall

Contact_State: TX, USA

Dear Friends. Mr. Gray's Behavior Class of Middle School and Junior High males have written tributes to you this Veteran's Day. These individuals have been removed from general campuses for violent/aggressive behavior and are at risk (or have been to) juvenile centers. This is their last chance. We are teaching them to reach out to others in order to improve ourselves. They are reaching out to you as you are their heroes. Please enjoy the letters and the thoughts. I have corrected their spelling but they are in their own words. God bless you all. Sincerely, Tracy Reyes (BAC Assistant) (:

I am proud that I was born in America, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. I have learned to live and love and dream and travel and be educated and worship God. I would not want to live anywhere else. I consider myself honored and blessed and especially free. I thank you for giving of yourself so we can live in peace. Sincerely, Tracy Reyes, BAC

A Salute to our Soldiers: My name is Kevin Gray and I am a teacher in Marshall, Texas. Approximately 15 minutes from Shreveport, LA. Good morning, and may the Blessings of God shower down down on you and your families. I am indebted to 2 of my brothers who served in the military many years ago. I am also indebted to you for the service you render to our country. I am constantly talking to my class about the military, and what I believe is the most admirable and honorable job in our country. Our country relies on each of you to protect and patrol our country. What a privilege! What an honor! What a request! Thank you, thank you, and again, Thank you very much. Kevin Gray, Teacher BAC, TX

Thank you for fighting for our country but one thing pay attention so you won't get hurt and watch out for bombs so you won't get hurt or fight. If you get hurt please try again. So keep up the good work and keep fighting the good fight because you are all hard fight soldiers. From Devonte B., 6th

SONG FROM MY CHURCH FOR YOU: I am a hard fighting soldire and I'm on the battle fild and I've got my helment on my head and in my hand a sword and shild. I keep brengeng souls to Juses by the service that I give. Amen. Devonte B.

Dear You:

Your very emportant to me and I love ya'll. I hop you'll be cerfall and I like how ya'll take care of our country ya'll are good people and I like you. I now you'll have been through some hard times like if one on your side died I know how you feel because I have someone close to me died (His dad passed away last summer). I am going to sings a song for you "You are not Alone." I am here with you, every day. I think we will be good friends. My name is Frederick and I want to be just like you in my life. I do not want to be on the streets doing drugs. I want to be a good man. Frederick"

Dear Military Service Member,

I would like to start this letter with a thank you for all that you have done for me. Although you do not know me and I do not know you in person, I know and appreciate all that you have done for our country. You and your fellow military service members are risking your lives for "We the People" and putting everything on the lines to keep out country free. Without people like you, who during the hard are willing to endure the tough, our country will not be what it is today. I thank you, again for all that you have done or are doing or will do. You deserved to be honored on this day because of what you have done. To me and along with every one in these United States of America I give you my up most respect and will always cherish what you have done or will do. You are a hero and donít forget it.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Gonzalez

To an American Hero:

There aren't enough words to thank you for your sacrifice. As an American citizen I feel it is not only my right, but a duty to appreciate and honor the service you have committed to. I don't believe our society truly understands what you are fighting for. We've become such an instant-gratification country and don't realize that, without our Armed Forces, this life would never be possible. Personally, I want to thank you for the lifestyle you have guaranteed I can achieve by standing beside our astonishingly beautiful country. Because of you and the brothers and sisters you serve with, I, as a woman, am allowed to attend school and make a name for myself in this world. Without our freedoms, which you so valiantly protect, I would not have this opportunity. I am able to worship without shame nor fear and stand out in a crowd for my individuality. Not only are you protecting our Constitutional Rights, but our freedom of character as well. I think it's important for you to know that you are not under-appreciated. That the support from loved ones and citizens who grasp the fight of this country outweigh the cynics who believe we should let the world walk all over us. They are cowards who could never display the intrepidity our soldiers do. Thank you, for my life. For the absurd reality that a lower-middle class girl from Colorado could somehow miraculously go to school in Hawaii to study the ocean. That I can have a life that so many in third-world countries could only dream of having. You are protecting the rights of the American people that those before you and I fought to gain. I pray that you come home safely to your family and friends who, I'm sure, are unbelievably proud of you. If you're ever in Hawaii and need a tour, I'd be glad to escort an American Hero through one of our most beautiful states. You more than deserve only the best.

God Bless You and those who serve beside you.

Sincerely yours,

Shannon Clay

My name is Lisa and I just wanted to take a minute today to thank you for serving our country. I love this country and feel passionate about protecting it but could never be brave enough for combat! Thank you so much for doing such an important job. I just want to let you know that there are a lot of people rooting for you here at home and praying for your safe return. Stay strong! I cannot even fathom how difficult it must be to be away from home in a dangerous place. Just try to stay focused and positive and try to find humor in the little things. Also, never forget that you are a hero! I recently finished law school and took the bar exam in CA. I compared that experience to war but really what you sacrifice for our country is much greater than me sitting in a room taking a stupid test. Just know that I am thankful and realize that it is the work of people like you that makes my life so easy! I hope that as I start in my legal career I can do more to help veterans with the situations they face here at home. One more time... thank you so much!!!! Bump some good music and try to relax... You will be home before you know it!

Lisa  CA

 

dear all my soldiers

i would like to thank you for all you are doing for our world. in my mind, you are all heroes. i can't even begin to imagine what it must be like for you. people around me complain about everyday life, your life is so much different than ours at this moment its like you're a world away, but that is not true. every one of you are carried in minds and hearts everywhere and do not think that if you pass on you won't be remembered. if no one else, i will remember you because i believe that i am now in your debt, for you have saved me from a world that could be so horrible. Believe me when i say i think of you every moment possible, wishing you luck, and hoping for your safe return. i know that somehow or other, everything will turn out right, and not just for me, but for everyone.

thinking of you always,

Lara :)

Dear Soldier,

I feel honored to get the chance to write to you! I was in Union Square this morning and these people put lipstick on me and made me "kiss" a card and write a little letter and they are going to send them to our troops. This made think, "Why donít I write to our troops." I love writing letters and no one seems to like receiving them but I think you will! And who better to hear back from or write to then you?

So let me introduce myself- my name is Maria Vincenza Vasaturo, I am a 20 year old Italian-American studying at Fordham University. I was born in Brooklyn raised in Staten Island and now I am living at school in the city.

I am not sure if you are allowed to write back to this BUT if you are I would like to know about you. Who are you? What is it that makes you happy? What is troubling you or just anything thatís going on in your life! I want to know it!!

If you can't write back to me , which will be so sad- I just want you to know that I appreciate you so much!! I love you and all your fellow soldiers. You are in my prayers back here in the U.S.A. I believe in you, I am here for you, just always know that you are loved and you are a hero!!!!!!!!!!!

XOXOXOXOXOXOX

maria  New York New York

Dear Freedom Fighter,

I am writing to you today to tell you thank you for all the services you do for my country. I want you to know that you will NEVER be forgotten. You are in my prayers for a safe future. Each day I walk outside my door and tell myself that I am glad that there is someone out there somewhere that is putting their life on the line for me.

I sincerely hope that you will come home unarmed and proud of what you have done to make your friends, family, community and country happy that they live in America. I believe that America is nothing with out the help of our soldiers.

Once again thank you so much for all that you do. We sincerely hope that you come home safe. Your prayers are with me always. :)

Christine Wisconsin

Dear Freedom Defender,

I would like to thank you for all that you do for our country. Youíve helped this country achieve freedom and we are truly appreciative. You are a hero in the eyes of the American people. Without people like you, our country would not be the great land that it is today.

We just want to let you know that you will never be forgotten. We are constantly thinking of you and you are always in our prayers. What you have done has made a huge impact in the not only America, but also the whole world.

We are extremely grateful for your bravery and your commitment to your country. Because of you, the world is a much better place to live, laugh, love, and grow. Thank you so much for defending your country.

 

Sincerely,

Hannah :) Wisconsin

Dear Veteran,

Since you most likely donít know me I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Kristen, and I am from a small town in southeast Texas called Orange. I am twelve years old and I am in seventh grade. During and after school I play volleyball, basketball, and run crosscountry and track. Our volleyball team had eleven wins and one loss.

I appreciate everything you do for our country. It is great to live in a free country like America. Itís amazing how much we take for granted. Some people donít even realize how much they actually have. Thank you for risking your life for America.

With gratitude,

Kristen TX student

Dear veteran

I just want to thank you for fighting for our country. I know at first that it was hard for you to leave your family. But Jesus had another plan for you. I just donít now what to say but just thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will pray for you everyday.With lots of hugs and kiss with prayer I will think of you.

With love,

Deanna

Having been in the military myself and remembering those days of deployment I remember how long they can be. I was in the military for only three years. At the time we had just gotten over the war with Saudi Arabi yet troops were still being sent. I remember the feeling of, will I ever get to go home? I was very proud to be there and even prouder to serve my country and of the uniform I wore. If it were not for my weight issues at the time I believe I would still be in the military and possibly be right where you are now. Not a day goes by that I do not think of all of our military service men and women and how proud and thankful we are of each and every one of you. Since that time I have become an office manager and enjoy my job very much. I work hard and spend 12 to 16 hours a day at the office. I attribute my work ethics to my military background. I hope that this letter might bring a little extra smile to someones face today. Take care and thank you.

Teresa in Oklahoma

Dear, veteran

Thank you so much for all that you do to save our country. Iím sure youíve done all that you can do to help us. On the news this morning their was a man who got mugged at gun point when the mugger looked in the mans wallet and saw the army id and gave everything back and said thank you for your service it still wasnít the right thing to do but it was a lovely thing to say. Orange field loves you and I will pray for you and all others always.

Love, Marianne L. TX

From Class in MIchigan:

dear soldier, how are ya? I'm good. My sister bothers me, though, do you have a sister? you want a cat I got 1 fully grown and 5 kittens there a pain literly I got scratches all over my hands. well it was good writing to you your friend karla H. MIchigan

Dear military service member-

I am a student in an 8th grade American history class. I would like to thank you for risking your life so that my friends, my family, and I could have freedom. I do not think anyone could thank you enough for what you do. I am very proud to live in this country and to be an American. With your sacrifices I would not be able to have any of the rights and freedoms that have been fought for. Thank you again for protecting our country.

Sincerely,

Sarah

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for protecting and fighting for us and the country. Hi my name is Morgan J. and I'm a sixth grade. I play basketball, volleyball, softball and travel basketball. thats a bit about me now what about you? Do you have a family? Do you play sports?

please write back, Morgan J.

Dear Soldiers,

Thank you for defending our country. You guys and gals put your lives on the line every day just so we can stay safe.

I couldn't imagine being away from home for so long in such a bad place.I hope you guys(and gals)have a great thanksgiving and Christmas.Thanks again for defending our Country.

Sinceraly,

William M.

Thank you very much for fighting for our country! Every time in class after the pledge we have a moment of silence just for you! So keep well, and your doing a magnificent job!   Isabelle

Dear solider

Thank you for what your doing for our country.And for risking your lives for our country.It is just great what you are going for every body.You could be at home with you familys and not fighting for our country.And your food probably is not that good.And our family is probably very wored about you too.

By Kylee davis

Dear,soldier

Thank you for defending us. I appriciate it a lot. Good luck in Iraq. Thank you again. I think that there should be no war. I feel that the war is makiing our lives miserable and you don't get to see your family as much. I am thankful that you are risking your lives for us then on the other hand i feel sorry for you because your out fighting and having a miserable live and were just sitting on our butts. Thank you a lot for your help.

sincerely

Courtney S.

Dear soldier,

My name is Sarah. Thank you for everything you do for us so far. It is amazing how you are risking your life for our country. I know you must have family and you must be missing them but you want to serve your country and so I thank you.

sincerely,

Sarah

My name is Dalton T..Thanks for all your help fighting for our freedom and risking your life for America.Thanks for trying to make it possible for girls to have the same freedom as boys have in Afganistand.Again thanks for risking your life for america.

Hi, I am Kevin Q.

How are you doing? I want to thank you for all the things you have done for our country. You guy's are doing a great job. Is it loud out in Afghanistan? It is probably hot out there. My brother wants to go into the army. You guys are cool. If we did not have you out there we would be destroyed. Is it lonley out there? I hope not. Sometimes in Walmart I see people who are in the air force walking around the store. What rank are you? How long have you been in the military? What kind of gun are you using out there? You guys have a lot of pride in you. That is good. Do you ever get a break out there? HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!!!!

You are AMAZING! Thank you so much for doing all this for our country. I think you band all the others should get an award. I am really proud of you! We do a moment of silence at our school for you.Thank you!

Hello,

Today is Veteranís Day, and I wanted to thank someone for their serviceÖ So thank you. I couldnít imagine a life any other way that the one that I live from day to day. But there are days like today that make me take the time to reflect and appreciate the fact that it has taken many a sacrifice to secure the life Iím living. Thank you really doesnít cover the gratitude that I have for all the troops serving our country, but until Webster creates a more heartfelt saying or word itís the best I can do.

It is difficult for me to write this letter because I donít know who will receive it and what type of person you are. Do you want to know about sports, current events, my life, or would you just appreciate a general ramble about life to remind you of the life you hopefully will be soon returning to.

So Iíll try and give you a little of everything and hopefully reading my chatter will lighten your day. To give you a little background on myself Iím from Ohio, married, my first baby on the way set to arrive in February, and I have an elementary teaching background. The weather here has been unseasonably warm which is nice itís November 11 and today it was about 55 degrees. The grass is still green and the leaves are almost all done falling. The news keeps talking about El Nino being the cause of the warmer weather, whatever the reason though my husband and I have been enjoying the weather spending as much time outside as possible.

Itís been a somber football season at our house as we are Cleveland Browns fansÖ I think they are 1-7 for the season; the Cincinnati Bengals are fairing a bit better Ocho Cinco has been backing up at least some of his trash talking this year. Nascar has gotten boring between restriction plates and everyone changing teams, numbers, colors. And the poor Cincinnati Reds this year started well and then went downhill by the end of the season I donít know if they had even half the team they started with mostly due to injuries but a couple of trades in there too.

Its deer hunting season around here, and we are in full swing. Which reminds me of a quick story of a prank my husband pulled on a friendÖ Robbie, my husband took his buddy Casey hunting when they were in high school. They leave camp very early to get set in their spots, Casey didnít want to get up, they had stayed up a bit too late the night before. After a lot of encouragement though Casey got moving and started organizing his pack. Robbie asked if he had a roll of toilet paper in case he needed to go while in the woods. Casey was very adamant that he wouldnít be doing that in the woods, that he had more Ďself controlí then that. Still moving slow he asked Robbie to make him a bowl of oatmealÖ Robbie was getting a bit aggravated by this point and happened upon an exlax chocolate bar in their supplies and decided to melt it in the oatmeal. Casey none the wiser was quite tickled with his chocolate oatmeal and off they went to hunt.

They all usually meet back at the boat around lunch time, as Robbie turned the bend he caught sight of Casey huddled up next to boat. As he got closer he realized that he wasnít wearing all the clothes he had started with. Casey was pale as could be complaining about the chili they ate the night before lighting him up. He said he started up the hill and it hit him and he had to stop and go, so he cut off the pocket of his hooded sweatshirt, walked a bit further had to go again cut off his hoodÖ Well you get the picture of how Caseyís walk up the hill went but needless to say there he sat no hood, no pocket, no sleeves on his sweatshirt or the tshirt underneath, with the sweatshirt cut up about half of his waist. And to add insult to injury he hadnít been quick enough on the draw a couple of times so he also had some poo on the back of his coveralls. To this day Casey still has no idea that the Ďproblemí he had that day was due to RobbieÖ But Robbie, his Dad, and his Uncle all had a good laugh about poor Casey that day. Iím sure itís the last time Casey went hunting without toilet paper. ĖTrue Story J

I hope this letter has given you a few moments of a mental break. I truly appreciate your service for our country and cannot thank you enough for your sacrifice. Know that you and your fellow soldiers are in my thoughts and prayers.

Thank you!!!

Jesse  Ohio

Dear Veteran,

Thank You for serving in the military. And for serving our country. We are all doing well in Orangefield Junior High. Everything is going well in my school. I play football. We are now starting basketball. What is it like being under all that pressure in the Military? My name is Jose every thing is going good in my life I just got a new game system. And again thank you for serving in the military and helping our country.

ear Veteran,

I hope you are doing well. We have just started basketball season. I like to play sports. I play softball, basketball, volleyball, and track. Last year my softball team placed 9th in the state tournament. At our school we are writing a paper over violence. If you win you get to go to Washington DC and meet the president! I am not going to enter the contest. I canít wait for Thanksgiving break, it will be really fun. I hope you stay safe. Thank you for fighting for our country. We really appreciate it.

Sincerely,

Brooke

 

Dear Veteran,

Thank you for your service in the military! It takes a strong, brave person to risk their life daily. I wish I was as brave as you. I used to know a man in the army. He was a doctor.

Is it hard in the army? Are you ever lonely? Just remember that there are people here that are supporting you.

I am doing ok. We just got done with football season. We were 4 and 4. It was a good season knowing I never played football before.

We just got started with basketball season and we are looking pretty good. The only thing is that all of the lazy people are going to quit.

Iíll bet it is hard to bear the weight of freedom on your shoulders every day. Do you have any good friends where you are right now? Just know that no matter how hard it is, no matter how intense it gets, no matter how lonely you get, we are always here appreciating you. Thank you so very much for your service.

Your friend,

Cade

Hello my name is Bruna . I just want to tell you that i'm praying for all of you , anda thank you so much for erverything ...God bless you !

Dear Veteran,

Thank you for serving in the armed force. We thank you for serving to protect the citizens of the U.S.A. I canít imagine what it is like being in a war.

Whatís it like being under all the pressure of being in a war? Anyways, my name is Chase Cargill, Iím 12 I play football and in athletics. I am a student of Orangefield Junior High school. School is going well and everything over here is fine, I hope the same for you. Thanks once again for serving in the Armed Forces. We all wish you luck!

My 8th grade youth group is interested in learning more about sending letters and packages to soldiers. Can you please provide additional information?

Thank you,

Joanne

Dear Military Service member,

Hello I am an 8th grade student at Hershey middle school, and I have been learning about our nationís history and the foundations of government. Thank you for you service and protection on things that are important to all people. A few people in my family have served and I am thanktful to be here sending you a letter on Veterans Day. I hope you come home safely to be in peace with your family.

JO

Dear Military Service member Ė

As a student in an 8th grade American history class, I have been learning about our nationís history and the foundations of our government. I really appreciate you and your familyís sacrifice to make sure that we as Americans have our freedom and rights protected. Without your service, I would not be able to enjoy freedom and have those wonderful rights that we deserve as Americans. Thank you for defending our country! I hope you came home safely.

Dear military service member,

Iím a student in 8th grade and I am currently learning about the constitution and the common defense of America. I am writing this letter to thank you for fighting and making sacrifices for all of the people of The United States. It makes me happy that you are making sacrifices for other people and for our rights of life, liberty and all of the other freedoms that we have as a US citizen. You are fighting for all of the American citizens rights and freedoms and I am very thankful for you supporting our country.

Sincerely,

Chris S

Dear Military Service Member

Hello my name is Baraka O and as an 8th grade Hershey Middle School student I have been learning about our nation. I know how much you sacrifice to serve our country I wish I had that much courage to willing go out for the military. All I have to say to you is thank you for all that youíve done and all that youíre going to do. Without you guys I wouldnít be able to enjoy my freedom as an American boy sometimes I forget how important freedom is. Without freedom I wouldnít be able to go to school or play sports or even go to church. Again thank you so much.

Sincerely

Baraka

Dear military service member,

Iím a student in 8th grade and I am currently learning about the constitution and the common defense of America. I am writing this letter to thank you for fighting and making sacrifices for all of the people of The United States. It makes me happy that you are making sacrifices for other people and for our rights of life, liberty and all of the other freedoms that we have as a US citizen. You are fighting for all of the American citizens rights and freedoms and I am very thankful for you supporting our country.

Sincerely,

Chris S

Dear Military Service Member,

As an 8th grade student in American History class, I have been learning about our nations history and how we fought for our freedom and the foundations of our government. I am proud of you for being on the front line and protecting me and this wonderful country we live in. I greatly appreciate your willingness to protect our rights and freedoms and serve our country.

Thanks to your service and those of your fellow military members I am able to enjoy every freedom and right that I have today, as well as the other American citizens. I want you to know that you and your familyís sacrifice is greatly appreciated. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and all those who are serving in the military.

Sincerely,

Alana S.

Dear Military Service Member,

As an 8th grade student in an American History class, I am currently learning about our nationís history. I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for protecting the rights of our country that are important to me and our fellow Americans.

Without your service I would not be able to enjoy the freedom that our country has fought for and what you are fighting for. You are an inspiration to people across our great nation.

I am so very thankful for the sacrifice that you have made to make sure that Americans just like you and me have our rights protected. Thank you for this sacrifice that you are making because thanks to you I can feel safe and I am so proud to be an American were everyday men and women just like you defend my rights.

Alana

Military Service member-

In my 8th grade American history class we have been learning about our nationís history and the foundations of our government. Thank you for being willing to serve and protect the things that are important to all people, like freedom. I am also very thankful for you and your familyís sacrifice to make sure that we as Americans will always have our rights protected.

Tanner

Dear Military Service member,

Thank you so much for your time and commitment to serving the United States. I am very thankful that people like you are willing to give so much for people you donít even know. It is nice to know that people in the United States, everyday will go out and fight for our freedom and protection. With out you we would loose so much that makes us Americans. Although we only celebrate the soldiers in war once a year on Veteranís day, we still are great full and of course thankful. So when you are out on the battle field just remember all the people back home are thankful.

Isabella

Dear Military Service Member,

I am an 8th grade American Cultures history student at Hershey Middle School. I really appreciate the work that you put into protecting our freedom and country. I thank you for being out on the front line. I really feel safe when I know that there are people in a different country fighting to protect each and everyone of us. Thanks again for serving our country. I will be thinking of you, your loved ones, and all of the men and women serving with you on this Veterans Day 2009.

Sincerely,

Britta D

Dear Military Service member,

In my American Cultures class I am learning about the foundation of our government. The fact that we have people like you defending our nation and it's rights makes me proud. Thank you for putting your life on the line to protect our nation.

Without your service we would not be able to enjoy all of the things previous soldiers have fought for.

Sincerely,

Zach L.

Dear Military Service Person,

I just want to say thank youÖ Thank you for all that you have sacrificed for our nation and the people who live here. You risk your life everyday for people you donít even know, and that is the most selfless thing I can think of. Here in our 8th grade class they can only teach us about what is going on there, but you know, and it is probably not like Call Of Duty. Thank you soo much:)

Mike

Hey, I am from Hershey Middle School in Pennsylvania. I would like to thank you for serving us. My dad is also a veteran from Desert Storm. I know how scared you must be, my dad flew a Helicopter, and lost his co-pilot and best friend! I am very proud that you guys have been willing to serve and fight for our freedom! In my 8th grade year I am learning about our nationís history. And I would love you to know that we are really proud that you guys have been fighting for us! You guys really make a difference. Today in our school, we had a breakfast and invited veterans that are still alive to come and enjoy it. I was asked to sing the National Anthem and give a speech! And now we are extending our gratitude to you guys by writing letters! I find it really amazing how you have that much courage to fight! I would enjoy being in the Army, I would like to follow my dadís foot steps, eventhough I may be a girl, I believe I can make a difference. I hope one day to be flying an Apache just like my father! You guys are amazing! Keep up the good work! Thanks once again, If you wish you may reply! I do have a few questions if you have time. How long have you been serving? What branch are you? Do you believe you feel as though people are grateful of your accomplishments? Thanks again.

Courtney

Dear Military Service Member,

Iím in the eighth grade and weíve been learning about our history in my American Cultures class. The sacrifices that you make and qualities that you possess are astounding. It is because of men and woman like you that I can live in peace and I want to express my gratitude for that. You defend our country day after day and are ready to do whatever it takes for our country. Youíre a courageous and selfless person. Thank you for your efforts and sacrifices.

Sincerely,

Calli

Dear Veteran,

Thank you for service to our country. I appreciate your commitment greatly. Without your protection we would no longer be the land of liberty. You have an amazing job and you have committed your life to our great country. It is with great honor that I send you this message. So I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done for me and this great country.

Christopher

Dear Veterans,

We have been learning a lot about you and the things you do to serve the country, and I along with all of us Americans appreciate the work you have done. I am proud to be an American because of our brave and powerful military. I hope that you will all come home safe one day after we have sorted out all this.

Sincerely,

Josh D.

Thanks so much for sacrificing so much. I know it can't be easy out there. This is to let you know our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,

Parker

Thanks so much for sacrificing so much. I know it can't be easy out there. This is to let you know our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Sincerely,

Parker

I have a group of first graders that have written letters for the troops on Veteranís Day.  I need an address on where to send them.  Can you help?

Have a wonderful day!

 

Tiffany South Carolina

hello there soldier my name is tucker im 15 years old im typeing a letter to you to let you know what. I think what you all are doing for are beutifle country is a very brave thing you are doing for are freedom for we the people. Many of are friends and famliy are going in to this war we have lost thuosands of loved ones and one thing. I have to say is you are not alone i wish i could tell you the same thing but none of my friends or famliy are in the war soldier do not break down now. You will see your friends and famliy one of these days of your life and one more thing im not a soldier but i salut you i a prove of this messga. Keep on doing what you do best soldier

thank you for all that you guys do for our country and we appreciate you guys for protecting us. kkeep up the good work and hope to see you guys back home unharmed.

My name is Whitney  and I teach preschool and extended day Kindergarten in central Indiana. We recently made cards for Veterans Day and i have no idea who to send them to, or a place to drop them off that is near me. Can you help?
 
Thanks,

thank you for every thing that you have done for the usa and stuff like that. wellhope you all get back safe and to your familys. thank you for helping our country with every thing

Dear Soldier,

I would just like to thank you for all what you do for our country.I understand that at times it can be really hard, but if you did't have the strenght to do what you do i wouldn't be here.I truly do appricate how you do over to war and and pay the price just so the people of the United States of America can sleep in peace at night. And i thank you for that:) God Bless all the American Soldiers, ~Kamy~

Dear Soldier,

First of all i would like to say thank you for all that you have done for this country. putting your life on the line every day just so we can live in peace and comfort knowing that brave people like you are protecting us. Today in school we are honoring Veterans Day, so i am sending a letter to you guys to show my thanks for all that you are doing. i know that you guys don't get nearly enough respect that you should have, so maybe this latter will mean something to you men and women that are fighting for us. Thank You.

Duffy

Dear, Soldier

I deeply appricate what you are doing for our country. I am proud of you men and women that brvely do what you do. I have had four cosins that have served and one was KIA. I think you guys are all heros and are are doing this country proud. Thank You for your service.

JIm

Dear soldier my name is Jade and I just want say I appreciate you fighting for our country and keeping us protected.

Jade

Dear Soldier

I would like to thank you so much for risking your life for me and the rest of America. You are one of the greatest heroes alive. You are amazing in so many ways. You and other veterans risked your lives so we could live freely. Thank you for the freedom you have given me. I could thank you everyday for the rest of my life and it still would not be enough thanks considering what you have done for America.

Sincerely,

Ceci W

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Dear Soldier,

I hope that you all have an amazing Veterans Day. We are all at home thinking about you guys. You are not just soldiers you are all heros. You are our brothers and sisters who are risking your lives for our country's freedom. No matter where you guys are at and and what you are doing you are makeing a difference that will afect the future for the better. We are from a small town in South Dakota and we have had a soldier from Timber Lake sacfrafice his life for our freedom so we really respect you all of you are doing for our country. You guys will be in my prayers. Take care and God Bless...

From Scott M

I want to tell you "Thank You"

But it doesnít seem enough.

Words donít seem sufficient--

"Blah, blah" and all that stuff.

Please know I have deep feelings

About your generous acts.

I really appreciate you;

Youíre special, and thatís a fact!

Never Forget

Because We Wont, ...

Xoxo- Shavonne D

Dear Soldiers,

I want to thank every single one of you today even for those who have passed away from our lifes' and always have them inside you're heart. We thank you and those who are not with us at this moment for everything you've all done for us. For risking you're lifes' just to save you're country. So many of you're loved once have passed away but still we will not forget them and we will always keep them close nomatter what. God gave you that confidence to stay strong and strength. May God bless you! Thank You!

Yajahira

Dear Military Service member

 

I would like to think you for all the sacrifices you have made.

All the contributions you had made.

All the time you have spent behind enemy lines.

I want you to know that all you hard work will pay off.

And that I want to go in to the Military as well.

I will try to join the air force to fly the plans or to work on the flight deck.

I have a cousin in the air force but I donít know what his job is.

Sincerely

Cody

Today is Veterans Day, and my family and I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the sacrifices you (and your families) have made, both at home and abroad.

Personally, I have never understood "war", the willful killing of another human being for profit, land or religion. However, I do understand the need for war when it comes to defending your home, your family and the helpless. Because of people like you, our children can sleep at night without fear of mortar attacks. Because of people like you I can take my children to school without the fear of suicide bombers taking out the schools.

When they say "freedom is not free" I understand the great weight that statement carries. It carries the weight of all our fallen heroes throughout the ages, your brothers and sisters in arms, and all the victims of crimes against humanity.

On this day, please remember that you are greatly appreciated. Don't ever be discouraged. When your brother (or sister) falls remember that you will see him (or her) again. When someone spits in your face and curses you for being a soldier for freedom, please remember that there are so many more who would salute you. When the days seem so long and you begin to forget why you're there, please remember those that love you, depend on you and are waiting for you to come home.

Today and every day, we thank you. We love you. We salute you.

God bless you and keep you safe.

Stephanie TX

Dear Military Service member-

As a student in 8th grade American history class, I have been learning

about our nationís history and the foundations of our government. The fact

that you are on the front line defending that nation makes me proud. Thank

you for being willing to serve and protect the things that are important to all

people - like freedom and happiness.

Without your service, I would not be able to enjoy all of the blessings

Of freedom that have been fought for by the many great people of the

United States.

I am very thankful for you and your familyís sacrifice to make sure that

We as Americans will always have our rights protected.

Our thoughts are with you, the men and women with you, the men and

Your families as we remember your sacrifice on Veteranís Day 2009.

My Gram pop was a marine

Kevin, PA

Dear solider thank you for all that you have done for us for fighting for our country and protecting us from danger and harm and we all solute you

,thank you

Sol, TX

Dear Military Member,

Thank you for protecting our country, and making it free and safe to live in. Without your service, I would not have all of the things I have today, like freedom, happiness, education, and much more. I am thankful for your sacrifice to make the U.S.A a better nation. I will think of you and all the women and men serving and have served on Veteranís Day.

Maura PA

dearr soldiers,

well i cant even believe that you are so brave and willing to fight for our country we are really apreciative that you are risking your life for us and the country. when your going threw you hard times in iraq just remember everybody supports you and we love you we are soo grateful that you are doing this for us. i know i couldnt do that thats why we have people like you and others to do that for us but we love to help and support you anyway we can. we all love you and want you to come back home safe we will pray for you to survive and other too.

sincerly morgan. TX

Thanks to all of you fighting for our Country. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care

Pam Baltimore

Dear Veterian(s),

I think itís wonderful that yall dedacate your lifes to save all of ours. It gives me hope that one day you will end the war for us. When your out there fighting do you ever think of all the people your giving hope and possibly freedom to? Well every time you fight for us, you are getting us closer and closer to the end of the wars, the end of all the fighting and freedom for all of the worried people. If I could do anything for you I would give you the world that you are saving. I thank you and yes I love you for what your doing. I hope that you get the pride and honer you diserve.

Much love,

Misty TX

Dear Soldiers,

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our beautiful country safe. You are a brave set of men and women that the USA is very thankful for. My family and I appreciate everything that you are doing for us. You soldiers are the reason Americans feel safe living their lives. We know that with great men and women like you, our country will Always be known as the Land of the FREE!!! You are ALL in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless You and WE LoVe YOU!!

LIndsey , SD

Dear Soldier:

I hope this letter reaches one one of you. I'd like to say that I am grateful fr all that you are doing for our country, at least whatever good is coming from it. Hope your current situation isn't a terrible one. Kudos to you.

Jerald

Dear Soldier,

Today is Veterans Day and that is my reasoning for writing you. To thank you for everything that you are doing for our country.or everything that you are doing for our country.I will soon be leaving for Basic Training for the Army National Guard. So thank you for everything you are doing, and thank you to all veterans.

Christopher

Dear military service member,

Thank you for serving in our military. If we didnít have people like you I canít imagine where we would be right now. I am very thankful for you and your familyís sacrifice to make sure that we as Americans will always have our rights protected. Thank you again.

 

Sincerely

Dani

PA

Dear US Solider,

I am a student at Hershey Middle School, I am in 8th grade. I thank you for doing what you are doing in Iraq, and all that you are doing for the US, and for our freedom. I want to join the military once I get older, as some of my other family members did. Salt-vinegar chips are the best! Happy Veterans day!

Thank you....to all the soldiers who are overseas and veterans for all you do for our country. we really appreciate what you guys do. We may not thank you much but just letting you kno whtat up you are in my prays and thoughts.

Thanks for serving our country to protect our lives Iím a student at Hershey learning about our nationís history and you and others protected us for our freedom to do what we want and not ruled under a king. go soilder guys

Stephen

Dear military service member,

Today is Veteranís day and because of that, I have been thinking a lot about all the things you have done for our great nation. I thought, rather than trying to express how I feel in my own words, I would borrow those of another, who expressed herself better than I could.

They Did Their Share

On Veteranís Day we honor

Soldiers who protect our nation.

For their service as our warriors,

They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;

Some were volunteers;

For some it was just yesterday;

For some itís been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,

On land or on the sea,

They did whatever was assigned

To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didnít.

They defended us everywhere.

Some saw combat; some rode a desk;

All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,

For low pay and little glory,

These soldiers gave up normal lives,

For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;

Donít let politics get in the way.

Without them, freedom would have died;

What they did, we canít repay.

We owe so much to them,

Who kept us safe from terror,

So when we see a uniform,

Letís say "thank you" to every wearer.

By Joanna Fuchs

 

Thank you for everything you have done for us. My heart is with you.

Dear soldier

Hi, my name is Lindsay Today is Veterans Day and i just thouhgt that i would say "thanks". Thank you for everything that you do day in and day out. You do not know me but you do affect me, and not just me but also everyone else. We wouldn't be were we are today without you, you make a difference. Thanks

Dear soldiers,

Thank you for everything you have done to protect and care for all of us back here at home. I greatly apperciate your sacrifices.

Dakota SD

Dear Soldier,

I just want to say thank you for fighting in the war. i appreciate the sacrifice that you have made that many have not. it really means a lot to me to have people like you fighting for the country.

Hey Soldier, Hope your hanging in there being away from home and all. Yeah I would like to thank you for your service because I see myself in your shoes some day into the future of my life. I would like to thank you for my freedom that so many in the world never havce the chance to experience. Your fighting for some people back home that you have never met or will never meet. You fight for people who by fact would never fight for you but you have the courage to put your life on the line that you could be spending here back home but I see yourself as not of a selfish person but a hero so thank you for your duty and honor that I would once like to share with you on Veterans Day.

Thank you

Tyrone B

Dear Soldier,

Today is vetrans day and i am thanking you for serving our country. its nice to know that we can feel safe here in our home country because of your services. it takes a brave and strong willed person to do what your doing. keep up the good work you and your buds are well appreciated.

Tanner

Dear Soldier,

I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what you are doing for our country. I have the utmost respect for all people who are serving in the military. I just wanted to thank you one more time. God Bless You

Dear Soldier,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you. Thank you for putting your life on the line for the life and liberty of the American people. Thank you for sacrificing time with your loved ones to protect our freedoms. Thank you for devoting your life to ensuring the safety of this country and its people. Thank you for going days on end without the comforts that we often take for granted: sleep, adequate food, shelter, a warm bed, a hot bath, and simply the freedoms that you fight for each and every day. I hope for you the best of health, luck, and life. God speed.

Brianna

i am writing this letter because i just want to give thanks for serving our country u have workd hard and gave ur life for us. you have won my honer and too this day i will charish veterans day because if we didnt have it then we wouldnt know who u are so thank you being there and being on this earth to fight for us

Zoe

Dear Soldier,

Today we are honoring you as a soldier. The people in the United States are cherishing you today on your day of Veteran's Day. I thank you for fighting for our country. I also thank you for going over seas to save our country. The United States really appreciates it. Thank you!

Dear soilders,

Thank you so much for every thing! You did something you didn't have to do but you did and we really appreciate you for it. May god bless you and America.

Thank You,

Love Andrea!

Dear Sir or Madam.

I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for helping our country stay free.

Thank you for dying, so we dont have to.

Thank you for everything.

Some people might forget, But i wont.

I think its terrible how many Canadian and American Casualties we have,

Personally, Remembrance day is the saddest day of the yeaar.

I know that some people call it a holiday, but i find that disrespectful.

I know this is kind of a random letter, and you probably don't hve time to read a letter that some random 13 year old girl wrote to you, i mean, you'd probably much rather be reading letters that your family has sent you.

but thanks for taking the time to read it anyways :) <3

You know, some people may have Superman or Spiderman as their favorite heroes, But my favorite heroes are Soldiers, because they are REAL heroes.

YOU are a REAL hero.

So, i guess i'd better let you get back to saving the world,

Amy from ONtario, CAN

It's Veterans Day today, and I just wanted to send you a short note to express my supreme gratitude for you and all that you do. I'm in my first year of medical school and am hoping to serve after graduation. I can think of no better way to spend my life than serving you and all the other heroes who keep our homes safe. So thank you, and please know that you are very much appreciated and in my prayers. Bless you.

A

It's Veterans Day today, and I just wanted to send you a short note to express my supreme gratitude for you and all that you do. I'm in my first year of medical school and am hoping to serve after graduation. I can think of no better way to spend my life than serving you and all the other heroes who keep our homes safe. So thank you, and please know that you are very much appreciated and in my prayers. Bless you.

Amanda TX

Hello,

We are sorry that you are not going to be able to be back on US soil for the holidays, but we wanted you to know that we appreciate all you have done and sacraficed to support our country.

William KY

Hey, my name is Ashley i am 16 years old, and i just wanted to say thank you. You have no idea how much respect I have for every one of you guys. My dad is a veteran of the Vietanm war. I have much gradditude to what you guys do every day. You put your life on the line to insure our safety. You are my true hero. I hope i grow up to be just like you, to have the same amount of courage and bravery you have. Thank you.

-Ashley

I am a student at Hershey middle school and I am learning a lot about what all of the army has done for us. I am so greatful that you put your live on the line every day to protect things like liberty, freedom, and natural rights.

so I just wanted to say thanks,

Dustin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Jackie S. and I work with the Adaptive Recreation program for the City of Pasadena.  Our Pioneer group ( a group of adults with learning and developmental disabilities)  made special cards for Thanksgiving for the troops in Afghanistan.  Where would I send these cards?  Thanks so much!

Jackie S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navy Times Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:01 PM PST
MILWAUKEE  A Milwaukee Army reservists military identification earned him some street cred Tuesday, when he says four men who mugged him at gunpoint returned his belongings and thanked him for his service after finding the ID.