In other parts of the world, today is known as Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, celebrated to mark the end of World War I, which formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
The centennial of that occasion should receive global celebration next year. But this year, we’d like to keep the focus closer to home. The holiday was called Armistice Day in the United States until 1954, when it was renamed Veterans Day, and in recognition of that, Susie Perry, a sixth grade English and language arts teacher at Old Fort Elementary, had students write poetry and thank-you letters to veterans.
The following is by Ryanne Benner, a sixth grader:
When you were fighting in that battlefield you were brave,
And you know when you gave your family one last wave.
You stood there, and watched everything in a blur,
You never thought that something like this would occur.
You stood up for us, and your fellow soldiers,
You looked out for us, and didn’t shrug your shoulders.
You helped those who were severely hurt,
You stayed with hope, you stayed alert.
When you were strongly stomping up that field,
You proudly protected your country like a shield.
While we have some veterans here in this school,
We honor them with red, white, and blue.
As you turn to the next page every day,
You know what to do and what to say.
Every time you look at your badges,
You know what to trust and what to imagine.
Once a soldier, always a soldier.
Thank You, Veterans