Written by my cousin, Hattie (6th Grade)

As former president George Bush said, “they share a common love for our great nation; a love great enough to put their very lives on the line, if need be, to guarantee the way of life we enjoy today, and to secure that way of life for tomorrow’s generations.” 

What is a label?  People are consistently categorized based on labels.  Many people are labeled an athlete, a politician, a student, a mother, doctor, dancer, or friend.  But there is no more distinct or prouder label to be identified by then being known as a veteran.

The colors of the flag have a special meaning. So does the word “veteran”.  It is a word that has to be earned by those individuals that sacrificed their lives for us.  Just like the colors of the flag where red is for valor and zeal – white is for hope, purity, and cleanliness of life – and blue, the color of heaven, loyalty, sincerity, justice, and truth- each of these descriptions also accurately portray the integrity of a veteran.

Veterans are people who gave up much to keep us safe.  Veterans have served in the military (U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) in times of war or peace. On Veterans Day we thank and honor those who defended democracy for the good of all.

Veterans Day is observed on November 11th of each year. This day used to be called Armistice Day to honor those that served overseas, but now as Veteran’s Day it includes all the men and women who served, at anytime and anywhere. 

A veteran may be male or female, young or old.  They may be a doctor, lawyer or sanitation worker.  They may differ by race or by national origin, but despite all their differences they do share one common thing, patriotism. 

It makes me proud knowing my Grandfather was in World War II, my Uncle fought in Vietnam as a pilot on a C-47, and my cousin was deployed and sent to Iraq to be a Commander and pilot of a MEDEVAC helicopter unit.  I can feel grateful and honored and to think of our veterans.

So on behalf of a grateful nation, I thank our veterans for your service, for your commitment. It is because of your sacrifices, hard work, and dedication and integrity that make us such an amazing country- one that I am proud to be labeled.

2 Responses to “veteran”

  1. Mom Says:


    That was outstanding and very inspirational to read. You definitely have a knack for writing just like Tiffany! I see a career blooming!

    Have a wonderful holiday season.


    Jean (Tif’s Mom)

  2. Tim Says:

    Well done Hattie! Incredible! After listening to you, watching the video, and reading the letter – it makes me proud to be a veteran.

    Thank you!

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