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Longmeadow Sixth Graders Thank Vets at Soldier Home

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — A gesture of appreciation today for veterans at the Soldiers Home in Holyoke.

Sixth graders from St. Mary’s Academy in Longmeadow paid a visit to the vets to say thank you for serving our country and it was a day that put smiles on young and old alike.

In this month of giving thanks, appreciation that spanned generations.

The students from St. Mary’s hopped of the bus and into a room of waiting vets.

One by one there expressed there gratitude to those who defended our freedoms.

“We came here to thank the veterans for all there service and we made bags for them of things that they could use,” says student Caroline Cody.

Hand written cards and bags of toiletries, candy, and supplies. Each student sat and talked with every hero in the room.

“Makes me feel that we are greatly appreciated for what we have done for this country,” says veteran Robert Fopp.

“It brings back memories of our school days and it was nice of them to do that. We appreciate that. Thank you very much,” adds another veteran.

The school’s principal says the kids wanted to do more than give out gifts. They wanted to express first hand how they felt to those have kept us free.

Joan McDonald from St. Mary’s notes, “It’s important that you make that connection. It’s easy to collect. It’s easy to package but to make that connection and thank those people that have certainly helped us in our lives.”

“The veterans have done so much for us and if they hadn’t served in the war, we wouldn’t be where we are now,” says student Javan Gonzalez.

John Bouvier, another student adds, “I just want to thank all the veterans for just being there for us when we most needed them and for saving our country right now we wouldn’t be here.

…and those words meant the world to the veterans today.

The students say they were thrilled to be able to personally express there thanks to our real life heroes

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