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Students pay tribute to local veterans

Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

November 17, 2013

The counseling department at several elementary schools in Logan County recently hosted an essay/letter writing contest as a tribute to local veterans. The contest was part of a lesson to promote patriotism and leadership qualities.


Winning entries were read by the authors as part of the Veteran’s Day music program at their schools.


All of the letters written by students were forwarded to veteran’s hospitals in West Virginia.


Below is winning the winning entries from Buffalo Grade, Holden Grade and Man Elementary.


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Buffalo Grade School

Dear Veteran,


Thank you for sacrificing your time to keep this country safe. I appreciate everything you have done to help other countries just like you help this one. Thank you for risking your life for our country. I would just like to say, “Thank You!”


Christian Adkins


Mrs. Cozart’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veteran,


Thank you for volunteering your time and for missing a lot of things back home in your life with your family. You are very brave and fearless to sacrifice your life to fight for our freedom. I appreciate all of the time you have spent to protect us. Thank you heroes!


Baylee Muncy


Mrs. Cozart’s 4th Grade


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Dear Hero,


Thank you for my freedom. I get to be free because you spent time in the U.S.M.C. and other branches of the military. Because you fought, I can choose my religion, what type of clothes I wear, and what college I want to attend. I know that you miss a lot of birthdays, births of new family members, and weddings.


You miss a lot of things back home when you are away serving our country. I just want to thank you dear hero for your bravery.


Phillip Stevens


Mrs. Cozart’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veterans,


“Hello” to all the armed forces! I just want to thank you for helping the U.S.A. to go all of the way into 2013. I hope that you will continue to help settle places like Afghanistan. So, just keep doing what you’re doing to keep our flag standing proudly. You risk your lives for ours. I think that is such a fearless think to do for us. Thank you!


Alex Nelson


Mrs. Cozart’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veterans,


I would like to thank you for fighting for our country. I am thankful for all of the things you have done. I know it is hard for you to take time from your families to fight for the United States of America. The entire military has sacrificed a lot of their time for us. The military is full of brave, strong, and respectful soldiers. We should always think of the people who died in the war when we hear the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the National Anthem. God Bless America!


Ashlee Tomblin


Mrs. Blankenship’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veterans,


I thank you for fighting for me and for many others in the U.S.A. You are risking your lives every day away from your family. I can only imagine how hard that must be. I wonder how many of you were drafted into service. I am so honored that you serve in the military to save me!


Shane Hatfield


Mrs. Blankenship’s 4th Grade


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Holden Grade School

Dear Veteran,


Thank you for serving our country by fighting in wars. You are very brave and helpful. It makes me feel good to know that you will never stop fighting to make our lives better. I always feel safe because I know you will protect us!


Hunter Barnette


Mrs. Perkin’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veteran,


I love all of the veterans. Thank you for saving our country. You fight for our freedom and are willing to die for us. You are full of honor and loyalty.


Derek Browning


Mrs. Perkin’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veteran,


Thank you for serving and for being brave for our country. I can never ask for more than what I have here in the U.S. Thank you for fighting for our country and others countries as well. Thank you to all of the people in the military that fight for us and risk their lives for us. I am sorry that you have to miss many special holidays away from your families.


Alex Gore


Mrs. Daniel’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veteran,


Thank you for serving our country. You are really brave! You protect us and may have to risk your lives by fighting in wars. I know that you have to miss many special holidays away from home. I bet that is really hard for you, as well as, your friends and families. If I were in your shoes for a day, I know it would be really hard for me. With much appreciation,


Carly Ward


Mrs. Daniel’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veterans,


Thank you for fighting for our country. You protect us and give us peace and justice. I think you are so brave for doing all of that for our country and other countries. You fight in wars and some of you even sacrifice your lives. I think that is very sad. All veterans are fearless and loyal for protecting our country. God bless the U.S.A. and all of our Veterans.


Makenna Ooten


Mrs. Daniel’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veterans,


Thank you Veterans for serving our country. You fight for our freedom so that we don’t have to. I’m proud to be an American because we have the military to fight for our rights and freedoms. The men and women in the military are fearless because they know that they might die in battles. Veterans spend a long time away from their families to fight for our freedom. I thank you very much for doing all that you do for us. Your friend,


John Paul Morrison


Mrs. Varney’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veterans,


Thank you for risking your lives so that we can be safe. You are so fearless because you travel so far away from your families. Thank you for risking your lives for me. You are my heroes!


Cameron Simpkins


Mrs. Varney’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veterans,


Thank you for risking your lives for our country. Without you, we would not be safe. Veterans are nice to our country. When I think of a veteran, I think of someone who is brave and full of courage. If it weren’t for you, I would not be able to follow my dreams! So thank you very much!


Jordon Robinette


Ms. Preece’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veteran,


A veteran is not a superhero with super powers, but he is a hero. A veteran is a person who spends years at a time away from his family. A veteran never leaves a fellow man behind. Veterans put their lives on the line just for us. Thank you for giving us all of the rights we have today.


Tristan Burgess


Ms. Preece’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veteran,


Whether you are in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or Marines, you have a very important job. I appreciate all of the help you give the U.S. You make many sacrifices just to keep us safe. You could have chosen another job, one that would be much easier and less risky; but you chose to save our lives and give us freedom! Thank you so much!


Rebekah Mahone


Ms. Preece’s 4th Grade


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Dear Veteran,


I know that you have suffered just for me. I just want to say, “Thank You”. You have traveled all around the world to do your job. When I think of a Veteran, I think of someone who is strong, brave, and intelligent. It is because of you that we get to pick who we marry or what clothes we want o be able to wear. You fight for our freedom and are guiding the people of America in the right direction. I just want you to know that you are worth so much to me!


Skyler Eggers


Ms. Preece’s 4th Grade


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Man Elementary

Dear Veteran,


Thank you for helping the red, white, and blue to be free and safe. All of the soldiers are very strong and brave. They never give up! They always know what to do to defend our country. I know that you take risks just to try to save our lives. Thank you so much!


Jeremiah Bartram


Mrs. Sansom’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veteran,


Thank you heroes for keeping us safe. You risk your lives just for us. You are so nice for doing everything that you do for our country. Veterans have to work together as a team. I think you are very brave for protecting the red, white, and blue.


Emily Vance


Mrs. Sansom’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veteran,


Thank you veterans for giving us freedom. You risk your lives to protect us. You are brave and responsible. Thank you for giving us hope and for being great leaders!


Michael Havis


Mrs. Sansom’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veterans,


Thank you, United States heroes! Thank you for your dedication to our country. We all know that it is not easy to step out onto a battlefield, but veterans do this for their country. They know that it is dangerous, but they continue to do it for a country they love so much. They are willing to die for the United States of America. They put themselves on the line so that we can live our lives the way we choose. I thank you so much for giving us this freedom!


Wyatt Frye


Mrs. Campbell’s 3rd grade


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Dear Veterans,


We honor you. We rely on you to protect our country. We appreciate all of the things you do for us. Living in America gives me a good feeling. I know that we have skillful, loving heroes to save our country. You are so trustworthy! Thank you for everything. You are the heroes of the red, white, and blue. You are awesome!


Cortlyn Dean


Mrs. Campbell’s 3rd Grade


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Dear Veterans,


The vet says, “I’m a hero!” The hero says, “I’m a vet!” A hero is a veteran and a veteran is a hero. No matter what, the two will always be the same. They will always stay the same!


Kaylie Toler


Mrs. Campbell’s 3rd Grade


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I’m proud to be a United States citizen because I have the freedom to go to school. I can be whatever I want to be when I grow up. The men and women in our military protect us from harm. They risk their lives for us. They keep our country safe. Everyone should be proud of our veterans! Without them, we would not have the freedom to do all of the things we choose. Our soldiers are always putting their lives on the line for us.


Racheal Robbins


Mrs. Morgan’s 4th Grade


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I’m proud to be a United States citizen because America is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. It is a very important and special place. I am so very thankful that I get to live here. American citizens should be happy with the freedom we have. Some countries force their citizens to do things they don’t believe in. I am very lucky to live in America. Without it, my life would not be the same.


Jewel Robinson


Mrs. Morgan’s 4th Grade


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I’m proud to be a United States citizen because of the freedom we have in our country. After that, we have a lot of good rules to follow to keep everyone safe. Next, we have a really good military to protect us. We also live in peace in the United States. Finally, we are allowed to be ourselves. That is why I am proud to be a United States citizen.


Preston Blankenship


Mrs. Cobb’s 4th Grade


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I’m proud to be a United States citizen because we have the freedom to travel anywhere we wish. We also have freedom of speech. I think that we should be thankful for all of the people in the military who risk their lives for us. That is why I am proud to be a United States citizen.


Alex Brown


Mrs. Cobb’s 4th Grade


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I am proud to be a United States citizen because we have a lot of freedom and justice. We also have a lot of people protecting us. It is amazing being a citizen of the United States where you feel protected every second, minute and hour of your life. Veterans are our heroes! They are the most important people in the world. We are important to them as well. Veterans I hope you know how much we honor you this day!


Alyssa Hurley


Mrs. Mullins’s 4th Grade


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I am proud to be a United States citizen because I am free and proud. Our veterans keep us free and safe. It is so amazing how much we are loved by God for him to allow us to be free citizens. Veterans protect the red, white and blue for us to feel blessed, loved, free, and cared for. That is why I am proud to be a United States citizen.


Abbey Crosby


Mrs. Mullins’s 4th Grade