Veterans Day 2017

Girl Scouts Hand Out SA Tribute Cards During Denver Veterans Day Parade

We want to thank the Girl Scouts of Colorado for handing out Tribute Cards along the Denver parade route this year.  

 

From the GSCO blog:  

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado partnered with the Colorado Veteran’s Project to show veterans how much we appreciate their service by marching in the Denver Veterans Parade on Saturday, November 11, 2017. We believe that honoring our service members is one way we can say a big “thank you” to those who committed to serve their country. This year, we had record 150 registered participants sign up to march in the parade!

 

Girl Scouts know the importance of teamwork and also partnered with Saluting America to deliver Tribute Cards to veterans. Each Tribute Card has a patriotic image, inspirational quote, and personal message from a Colorado-based school student. Our Girl Scouts delivered tributes to veterans observing and participating in the parade and festival. This was a great opportunity to facilitate a discussion about “who is a veteran?” Our girls realized that anyone can serve their country and the best way to learn if someone was a veteran is to simply ask!

 

 

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Cornerstone Christian Academy Provides Cards for Deployed Troops

Larry Zimbelman, PreK-6 Principal at Cornerstone Christian Academy in Westminster, supplied this report to us via email.  Thank you to his students for their work!  In addition, they hosted 92-year-young veteran Don Whipple on Veterans Day!

 

Thank Yous from Our Veterans

"A "BIG" thank-you to the Sandrock Elementary School in Craig, Colorado for sending me, Robert McChesney, a Veteran's Day card. My personal note came from a student named Haven in the 4th grade. I was totally surprised and honored to receive this important message of graditude. You have touched my heart and my prayers go out to you and everyone in your school."      Sincerely, Robert (Bob) McChesney

Over 90,000 Tribute Cards were written this year and distributed all across the world.  Steven Benish, a veteran who received one, sums it up best:

"I just wanted to say thank you for your efforts with school children. I received a tribute card and it was very nice. I appreciate seeing that our children can still be taught to respect our military and our country."

Veterans Day 2016

Tribute  Card Recipients
 

Tribute Cards are the instrumental tool of our program and receiving feedback from card recipients is the ultimate reward for all the work that the students and teachers do on behalf of this program.

 

 

 

Roseland, Virginia

 

CDR Thomas P. Nelson, Jr., (USNR-Ret) writes:

 

I served 27 years in the Naval Reserves Intelligence - six of which was active duty.  One tour in Vietnam aboard the USS Oriskany with VFP-63 as an photo interpreter.   Eleven-Eleven-Eleven refers to the end of WWI.  I am publishing a book on my grandfather's Field Hospital that was in France during the Great War.  God bless America.

 

Here is his granddaughter's card:

 

 

 

Loveland, Colorado

 

These gentlemen received their cards from fourth graders at Monroe Elementary School.

 

 

Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

This group of veterans received their Tribute Cards at an assembly at Russell Middle School in CO Spring District 11.  

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

 

John Owens texted this message about his card from a student at
Ranchview Middle School.

School Ceremonies

Galeton Elementary

Galeton, CO

Rob Schuler, who is the 4th grade teacher and a veteran of 21 years, at this small rural school writes:  "Every year we have our high school band and men's choir come out and celebrate with us.  We also invite local veterans out and serve them breakfast.  Our guest speaker was Col Thomas McKenna from the 233rd Space Group out of Greeley, CO.  Another activity we do is a penny way to raise money for local veteran charities.  The last two years we have donated to Northern Colorado Honor Flight.  This year our students and staff raised $1300 in 5 days." 

Arriba-Flagler School, Flagler, Colorado

Flagler School, in conjuction with the Flagler American Legion Post 81, held their Veterans Day program on November 9,2016.  Over 150 attendees enjoyed the singing and recitations by the students and the veterans from Post 81 shared some of their experiences and thoughts regrding the day.

 

A "Wall of Honor" comprised of photos of Flagler graduates who have served our country, was displayed in the auditorium for everyone to see.

 

 

Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, Colorado

 

The Future Soldiers of America club hosted a group of veterans and active military for a breakfast presentation on November 11.  Please watch the video below of club founder Michael Bardas as he welcomes the group from his deployment location in the Middle East.

 

 

 

Veterans Day Parade, Denver, Colorado

 

This was the inaugural year for Saluting America to participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Denver.  We walked the parade route, passing out Tribute Cards to veterans along the way and a good time was had by all!  Volunteers from Regis High School and Holland and Hart rounded out our crew!

 

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