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Fearn School students write about Veterans Day

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Alyssa Overlin, Fearn Elementary School, North Aurora

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Updated: December 13, 2012 6:05AM



Ann Butcher’s fifth-grade class at Fearn Elementary School, in North Aurora, was tasked with learning to write descriptive letters and essay, but that didn’t seem like enough of a challenge.

Here is a selection of letters from the class in honor of Veterans Day, edited for space:

Evan Alexandrou

Boom! Can you imagine being in a war? Veterans are people who have served in the armed forces in times of war and peace. Of the 25 million living veterans, 75 percent served during a war or an official period of hostility.

Abe Lincoln said, “Care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.” Flags are flown at half staff to show great grief of lives lost. When displayed with another flag by a wall, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall.)

The name “Old Glory” was given to our national flag on Aug. 10, 1831. The flag means the spirit of liberty and human freedom. Veterans Day means a lot to me. One way is that to thank our veterans for fighting for our country to keep our rights and freedom. Another reason that Veterans Day means a lot to me is because my grandpa was in the Greece Marines for a long period of time!

Luke Mitchell

Boom! You move farther away from land. You are very scared, terrified in fact. It’s in the middle of the afternoon, and you decide to go for a boat ride in Pearl Harbor, but instead you get caught in the attack on Pearl Harbor! Now you look at the boats being bombed by the Japanese planes. Suddenly you stand up, and salute in the direction of the battle.

Veterans Day means a lot of things to me. One of those things is the men and woman who have served. Think of you in the place of those brave men and woman. You are in a different place, with different people and without your family. This is something all veterans must face. Another thing is they must face that they could die in service. They all know this, and they all face it with a whole lot of courage.

Veterans Day is a very important day, and here are a couple of things you could do: One, visit a veteran. It could be anyone, not just a neighbor or a family member. Two, you could write a thank you card to a veteran. Three, you can go to a cemetery and put flowers next to a veterans’ grave. Four, if you got an idea, go and do it!

You look at the shining sea at port. The attack was over, and one of your friends’ dads had been one of the many sailors (who) had died. You look at the ocean one last time, gave a salute and leave port.

Emma Zahorsky

Bang! Boom! Another loud, black, bomb blasted! What would it be like to be a veteran? What do you do to celebrate the holiday on Nov. 12? Veterans are very special people who served in the armed forces in times of war and peace.

Some kinds of veterans are Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coastguard. Veterans Day is a holiday to thank and honor those who served or died while serving in the military.

Wow! Twenty-five million living veterans, 75 percent served during war or official period of hostility. That is a lot of veterans.

Alex Yakisan

Boom! Imagine being in a war. Seventy-five percent of all veterans served in a war.

Most people mistake Memorial Day with Veterans Day. A veteran is someone who served in the military. Veterans Day honors all who served and defended our country. Memorial Day honors those who died serving our country.

There are places where veterans who have been injured during war can live. There are also places that help veterans who have been mentally scarred or wounded serving the country.

My great-grandpa was in World War II. He got three Purple Hearts. One was from being blown through a wall by a grenade. The other two were from being bitten by a venomous snake and shot multiple times.

I don’t know how the veterans could go to another country and protect us. It must be frightening to be separated from everyone you know and have to fight people threatening your country.

That’s what Veterans Day means to me; what does it mean to you?

Declan Creaney

Boom! Bam! These are the sounds many veterans hear! This year we are celebrating Veterans Day on Nov. 12. Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day honors the people who died fighting in the military. Veterans Day is a day we honor every person who served in the military.

Some people have family or friends who are veterans! I have an uncle who has served in the Navy. Some people have known someone who died serving or sickness or even of age.

As Abe Lincoln said, “To care for who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.” His motto is known everywhere.

Americans celebrate because veterans do all in their power to defend our country! We can relax now!

Gracie Prather

What does Veterans Day mean to you? Boom, the bombs are bursting with explosions. I have lots of family in the armed forces. My grandpa was a Marine; he is still alive today and I love him. My uncle is a sharp shooter in Iraq and Afghanistan. My seventh great-grandfather has his name on the wall in New York for veterans.

Now let’s get to some facts. Starting in World War I there has been over 2 billion deaths or wounded soldiers and still counting. The Veterans Day motto is President Lincoln’s words, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.”

Flames burning everywhere, there is no escaping a deadly missile before it hits the battlefield. People are down and some are dead people shouting to take cover. Ahhhh! There it is the nuclear missile that will kill hundreds of men for either side of the battle.

In my house, we have two American flags. They are from my seventh great-grandfather and my fourth great-grandfather. I personally love them, but they stay in our garage. I never met my great-grandfathers, but I am sure they were super nice. My grandfathers both had families that they were fighting for ... They mean a lot to my me because, if they died, I probably wouldn’t be alive.

Tyler Harvey

Veterans Day is about honoring those who served at war. We honor those who died at war by having Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is on May 30 and is observed on the last Monday in May. Did you know many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Do you know the difference?

If I were a solider at war or overseas, I would be terrified because I am away from my family and serving in war with dangerous weapons and explosives!

Sydney Poss

Most people confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. Do you know the difference? Veterans Day is a day to celebrate, thank and honor those who served or died while serving in the armed forces.

Did you know that of the 25 million living veterans,75 percent served during an official period of hostility? I am so thankful and lucky to have such brave people fighting for the USA. I cannot even imagine taking their place. I don’t think I could do it!

William Tammaru

Veterans Day is a day to remember those who served in the armed forces. Did you know of the 25 million veterans, most served in a war? Many people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day.

Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day. What does Veterans Day mean to me? It is a time to honor and respect veterans.

Alyssa Overlin

Boom! Bam! Another bomb blasts! Every year Veterans Day comes around. People go to the wall. The families are normally the ones who are there.

Do you know what a veteran is? I do! A veteran is a person who assists in the armed forces in times of war and peace.

Veterans Day is a holiday to thank and tribute those who served and died while serving in the military. Their motto is ... “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and orphan.” Those are the words of Abe Lincoln. Did you know that?

Imagine if you were a veteran. Would you risk your life to have freedom? Well, now you know what a veteran is.



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