Saturday, November 10, 2007

To American Schoolchildren

Hi kids,

Every year at this time, your teachers probably have you do a project where you're asked to write a letter or make a greeting card to send to a United States military veteran.

I'll bet that sometimes, some of you wonder why you have to do it, or if your card or letter gets to a Veteran. I'll bet that some kids ask why a Veteran would care about that.

Let me tell you a quick story. My Pop is in a Veterans's Hospital today. In honor of Veterans Day, the people who make the food for the patients put a student's letter on the tray of every patient here. My Pop got one too. He read it, looked at me and said, "Isn't that something? I got a nice note from a kid I don't even know, telling me 'thank you'. What do you think of that?

I think it's great. And for every one of you kids or young adults who took the time to write one of those cards or letters, thank you. And thank you from every Veteran here at this hospital. Your letter really made a difference, and it really did matter. I saw that with my own eyes today.


  1. What a lovely gesture those kids made Jimmy. I hope your Pop has a peaceful Veteran's Day. He fought for it and deserves it. Jeannette xx

  2. That is so awesome. Now I wish I had written a letter myself! Please...tell your dad I said THANK YOU!!


  3. I'm so glad your dad got a letter from one of the kids at the schools!!! It is so important that our children realize the sacrifices men like your dad have made for our freedom and safety. Prayers for your dad too and a speedy recovery. Never give up the fight. My grandmother has been healed of cancer twice. God Bless,

  4. I am so glad ..........your Pop was trilled and the kids did such a good thing. Anne

  5. Anonymous10:31 PM

    Such letters and cards DO make a difference.. A few years ago, I talked the teacher I was working with at the time, into having the children draw pictures and send good wishes to a troop in Afghanastan (a neighbor of mine's husband was serving and she asked if I could have the students do this, to brighten the day of her husband's troop). It took some convincing (she was afraid the kids wouldn't understand), but she allowed it, and I tell you, that was one of the most meaningful moments in my career. From what I was told, the troop was thrilled to receive the package of colors and smiles..

    I'm so glad to hear that your Pop's day was brightened in such a way. Children are little angels without even trying...



  6. How sweet. Be sure to tell him thanks for me; and to any other veteran you come into contact with.

    It's nice to know that some schools are doing such nice things, i.e. praising past and present soldiers; I hear about the teachers and university professors who make their kids write letters of protest and it makes me sick.

    Anyways, so glad that your pop was the recipient of such a nice gesture. It makes me want to write letters to anyone serving in the military. They definitely deserve our gratitude.

  7. Linda (sangrialel)8:34 AM

    My father used to love getting those cards! Linda

  8. Anonymous3:04 PM

    oicyGoes to show you how small gestures such as writing a letter and saying thank you can mean so much too someone. A shame that we don't remember to do it on a daily basis and we have to have a "day" to remind us that our freedome comes from men such as your pop. Thank you and thank pop!

  9. That is great!! I get a warm feeling inside when people tell my husband 'Thank you.' I can imagine how he feels.
    He likes to thank older veterans, rather than people thanking him. He's in Iraq again... and I'm still waiting his arrival.

    Great entry!!!

  10. Great letter Jimmy, and glad that Pops liked his letter.

  11. Sweet entry hon. A wonderful one giving in light of Veterans Day! Thank you so much for sharing this. Give Pop an extra hug and tell him it's from someone else who said to say Thank you! (Hugs) Indigo

  12. chatzeekay3:09 AM

    i think its cool and well it teaches children .and they realize, good entry

  13. Bah, ate my comment...

    It's so wonderful that he got that, really. I never understood why kids didn't understand why it's important. A few moments and you let someone know they aren't forgotten and their lives gave and have meaning.


  14. It's always nice to hear the other side of the story, you know? Sometimes we do these nice things and think they're just a waste, that nobody cares, that it doesn't matter. We need more stories like this.

    I'm so glad someone made his day.

  15. I know that one Christmas when I was overseas...I got a Dear Sailor letter from somone
    it really made my day

  16. I agree it is very important and appreciated sending those cards to the troops. My husband appreciated it when he was serving. Hope you are well JP. Luv ya!

  17. Anonymous4:56 AM

    That's awesome that your Dad got a letter like that. I know it made him feel good!
    I hope you all have a good holiday.

  18. Hi...getting to this post late, but wanted to send encouragement and validation. Both my girlies classes (as well as each class in their school) did this. It's been a tradition at our school since the Gulf War. Just beautiful... ;) C.


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