Veterans Day is a time of reflection for many military personnel and families and a day when Americans can show appreciation to those who have served the United States of America in the military.
To honor the veterans in Craig County, Karen Jones had her students in grades second through fifth to make cards and they mailed them to 145 military personnel.
Jones started this several years ago, when the cards were used as place cards for each attendee of the Annual Veterans and Active Military HONOR Dinner. Jones continued this activity though the dinner ceased due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some students enjoy writing their own personal messages which have had a heartfelt impact on many as they have corresponded to the students as well as posted on Facebook for years.
“It’s such a small thing to do for our Veterans, who did so much for us,” Jones shared. “It’s so important to teach our children about the sacrifices others made so they can have their freedom.”
Jones also has lessons in her classes, about Veterans Day and the veterans which includes her read-aloud books; Tuesday Takes me There (about a veteran with PTSD and his service dog), The White Table and The Poppy Lady.
These lessons help the younger generation to understand the importance and privilege of living in a free country that has its costs.
“If there are any local Veterans we missed, please send us your name and address,” Jones asked. “Each year we find a few more, as our goal is to include ALL Veterans in Craig County or from Craig. Also, we extend our thanks to our local DAR ladies for providing the postage that allowed us to send these cards.”