Students honoring our veterans

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Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is the home of the brave.” Our veterans are this very reason, risking their lives, leaving their families and being wounded mentally and physically. We thank you for your service and sacrifice.


Valor. Strength of mind or spirit that enables you to be courageous in the face of danger. Our veterans entered the valley of the shadow of death so we could sleep peacefully at night. These men and women dropped everything to defend our country from any threat. Our veterans are valiant for doing something most wouldn’t dare.

Courage. The ability to do something that frightens one. Our veterans are the most courageous people in the nation. Fighting for everything most take for granted. Giving 110 percent to a nation that only requires 20 percent. Our veterans courage cannot be measured and we thank you.

Strength. Not just how much you can carry or how much you can lift.
Strength as in seeing things you’ll never forget and continue home and put a smile on their face, our veterans do this everyday. Jose Narosky once said, “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” This is true. Our veteran’s carry the nation on their shoulders. These shoulders also carry a child on them when they can’t see above someone’s head. Our service men and women are incredibly strong.

Sacrfice. Giving up something to benefit another. Veterans sacrifice so much for our country. Leaving families, not knowing if or when they get to come home and then enter a world of foreign people who curse their existence. Someone once said, “Freedom is never free.” The men and women who served on our armed forces sacrificed so much for our country and we thank you.

Michel de Montaigne said “Valor is stability, not at legs and arms but at courage and the soul.” Our veterans are valiant, courageous and strong and we thank you for your service and sacrifice.

The students and staff at Grant County Middle School appreciate everything you’ve done for this great nation we get to call home because of each and everyone of you.

(This essay was chosen as the winner of Grant County Middle School’s eighth grade essay contest and was written by Shelby Newton. Newton was recognized at the school’s Veterans Day program. The Grant County Middle School also had a sixth bookmark contest and a seventh grade poem contest. Those winners were Sky Abney and  Brendon Hornsby)


Some people think heroes are people with superpowers and capes but reality is that only exists in comic books. The real superheroes are our veterans. They serve our country and give us freedom.
I am thankful for our veterans because they stand and fight for all of us. They also protect our country. They give up their own lives so we can have freedom.
My father is a Navy veteran. He served as an honor guard for President Bill Clinton. He marched in many funerals at Arlington Cemetery. I am proud of my father and the things he did.
The branches of the military; the Navy, the Army, the Air Force and the Marines, each one has a different job but important role in protecting our country. The Navy is for naval warfare. The Air Force is for air warfare and Marines are responsible for providing protection for the sea and the army for land. They each protect our country and work to help it.
Veterans for sure are the heroes of the world. Without them, we wouldn’t have the rights and freedoms today.
I salute them.
(This essay was chosen as the winner of Dry Ridge Elementary School’s essay contest and was written by Jake Fenwick. Fenwick is a fifth grader at Dry Ridge Elementary.)