Why I appreciate America’s veterans

By Audrey Wescott, VFW essay winner
Elk Mound Middle School

Grade 8

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

I wanted to share this quote because it shows that you can’t just say you’re going to do something, you just have to go out and do it. For our veterans did not question their abilities or their size, they just went out and fought for our freedom. Many have served and sacrificed themselves since before the revolution, and many more will continue to defend our rights.

With that being said, you should always respect your veterans, because if it weren’t for them, we may not have the freedom to pay the tribute. You can do nearly anything. If you’re an adult and you’re out at a restaurant, maybe pick up their tab. Or, if you’re not old enough to do something like that, something simple like saying thanks, or asking your parents to donate to the United Service Organization (USO), or even just hanging an American flag properly in your home. All of these things are proof of your respect to America’s veterans.

For nearly a century, veterans of all ages have been honored for their service to our country. The day known as Veterans Day, a holiday everyone celebrates in each state, and is celebrated on November 11. Millions of Americans have accepted the duty of protecting America. Not only are they away from their families for up to months, they are also in dangerous situations.

Veterans Day is more than just a day off school, it’s an entire day dedicated to brave fathers, heroic mothers, passionate grandparents, and in some cases, young adults. It’s important to take whatever time you can to support them. Veterans Day is a day to do anything you can to show your respect and dedication towards them. There are no excuses.

So the next time you see a veteran, remember that if it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t have the freedom that you have now. You can do anything to show your appreciation. Leaving me with one question for you, what can you do to show you care?