Friday, November 11, 2011

Thank You, Veterans!

Today is Veterans Day in America. It is a national holiday and is the day we celebrate and honor the men and women who have served in one of the branches of the military. 

Here is a video made by the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Here is a link to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Veterans Day.

Do you know any veterans?

Please contact them today and thank them for their service!

If you are a veteran, please share your story!


  1. Parsa [Mrs. Yollis' class]November 11, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Dear Veterans,

    Thank you for all your sacrifices and keeping our country safe. You deserve our respect, gratitude and all of the parades honoring all of you. Have a great Veterans Day.

    What is your favorite thing to do on Veterans Day?

    Parsa [Mrs. Yollis' class]

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Happy Veterans Day!

    Today is a special day because of three reasons:

    1. It is Veterans Day

    2.My two grandpas are veterans

    3. Today is my uncles birthday ( He is very lucky because his birthday is 11/11/11 )

    Today as a family, we went to a place were there are peoples names carved in a stone because they were veterans and they died for our country in war.
    Luckily, my grandparents didn't die in war.

    Yesterday when we had P.E. I noticed that Mr. Dedamore was wearing an army shirt.

    Was Mr. Dedamore a soldier?
    Do you have any family that were veterans?



  3. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    Yes this is a time that should be remembered. We are so lucky to be able to live in a country where we don't have a war and are able to walk around free.

    Here in Australia we pay our respects with a minute of silence on the 11th of the 11th month of the 11th hour. As well we are able to buy a red poppy and wear it as another form of respect to the men and women past and present who are still working towards freedom for all.

    Wonderful post Mrs Yollis and thank you for sharing it with us all.

    From your friend,

    We don't have a holiday here

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis' Class,

    My name is Gina Phillips and I am currently in Dr. John Strange's EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I am studying to be a high school English teacher.

    I love your blog! You guys have done a great job. I hope that one day my teenage students will do as well as you have done!

    I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for 11 years. I lived in a town East of San Francisco called Walnut Creek. We loved living there. My daughter was born in Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, CA. It is beautiful in Northern California!

    I have also spent a lot of time in Southern California. My Mother and Father-in-Law live in a place called Torrance, California. Although it is different than Northern California it is still just a beautiful. I especially love going to Venice Beach! I also enjoy going to Catalina. There is so much to see and do.

    Living in Mobile, Alabama the beaches here are a lot different than the beaches there. The sand is soft and white here! Plus the water is a lot warmer! Do you guys know why the water here is so much warmer than the water at the beaches there? What about the sandy beaches? Do you know why the sand there is so rocky and the sand here is so soft? I know why the water is warmer and I think I know why the sand is so different!

    You guys are more than welcome to come check out what we are doing in EDM310. Our blog is

    My blog is

    Come on over and check out what were are doing and what we are learning!

    Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing much more!


  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I think that it was so sweet of you to do a post about Veterans Day! My grandfather fought in World War Two! I am so thankful for the people that fought for us to have better lives. In second grade we sent packages to veterans! Thank you veterans!


  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I hope you had a wonderful Veteran's day!
    Although I grew up in Germany, my family always loved and appreciated the American military and this is why:
    In 1945, when my dad had just graduated high school, he was forced to be a soldier during end of World War 2. He did not want to go and was fortunately captured by the Americans right away. During his time as prisoner of war, he worked as a translator and became close friends with the American soldiers. He was happy and relieved that they freed the German's from Nazi rule.
    When my sisters and I grew up, he would always have American visitors, one of them he had met as POW and remained close friends with.
    My dad taught us that even enemies in war can become best friends!
    Every Veteran's day, we remember that our veterans help us to keep our freedom and liberty.
    Thank you!

    Henny (Kelly's mom)

  7. @ Sasha,

    I agree that Veterans should have great respect and honor because they did so much for our country.
    I just realized this about two or three seconds ago, that my great grandpa and your grandpa were both in the World War 2! Maybe, just maybe, they new each other! That would be so interesting! I don't really like Veterans Day because that is how my great grandpa died.:-(



  8. Dear Mia,

    It is so sad that your great grandfather died at war. But you're lucky that both of your grandfathers survived!

    Do you know what war your grandfathers were in?

    Both of my grandfathers are veterans also. One served in the Navy and the other served in the army. When my grandpa passed away earlier this year he had a veterans salute at his memorial service. He served in World War II.

    Mr. Detamore was in the military and told me he was at the typewriter and never went into battle.


  9. Dear Mrs Yollis,
    I am Madisons Auntie melinda. from England . My Father is called Aubrey who is 94 years old , and he lives also in England He is very fit . Every day , he walks miles . He is always laughing and is a very happy fit person , who loves to talk a lot . He is Maddys , Great Great Grandpa . We are sending lots of best wishes for this blog and to Maddy with all our love . It is cold now in England so we are wearing our warm coats .Love Melinda x

  10. @Rexon,

    My great grandfather was in the army and fought in world war II. My great grandfather also had a veteran salute at his memorial service. I agree with you that it is very sad to see relatives pass away. At least they fought for our country and saved peoples lives. So we should be proud of our relatives because they have done so much. The reason we have food on our plate and clothes to wear, is because of our relatives. And that is why they have this day in honor. The deserve great respect.



  11. Hi Mrs. Yollis,

    My name is Katie Cumlander and I am from Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class. I loved your blog and how much it has to offer. I am also glad that you blogged about such a great topic for your class, Veteran's Day.
    I have many relatives who have been a part of the army and in different wars. Only two out of three are still alive today to talk about their experiences. I also have an uncle who has been in the recent battles in the Middle East. He unfortunately lost his leg due to a Hum-V bombing. So I applaud our troops and support them and thank them for all they do for our country.
    Thank you for the blog and letting others tell their stories. Also, thank you for all the links you offer for other sites that bloggers might want to read about. You give so much information! Thanks again!

  12. Dear Mrs yollis and class

    On my last trip to Hawaii on the airplane I sat next to a veteran. I had the honor to shake his hand and thank him for serving our country.He said he spent the last 11 years of his life were in Afghanistan. Then he said he was done serving in the army. I will never forget the time I met a veteran on the way to Hawaii.


  13. Hello, Mrs. Yollis. I am a student in Mrs. Braidwood's grade 7 class. I am glad to see the American's embracing Veteran's day alot. In Canada (Where it's called Remembrance day) it's the only day that people get together and remember our service men and women. I was lucky because my hockey team handed out programs for the assembly downtown. I was wondering if Veteran's day is just as big as Memorial day now?

  14. Dear Class,

    We have some war heroes in our family. Madison's great grandfather who is 95 years old and lives in England was a soldier in World War II. He was in the army and was stationed in North Africa. He received many war medals. His father, Madison's great great grandfather was a soldier in World War I. He also received many medals including the military cross. We are very proud that our family has contributed to the nice life we all have today.

    Madison's Dad.

  15. @ Mia,

    I loved your comment! I am so sorry that your grandfather died. My grandfather is still alive! He is 91 years old! Well he is turning 91 years old in January! His name is Bernie, but my brother and I call him Pecka! Maybe our grandfathers did know each other! I will ask him! What is your grandfather's name?

    Best wishes,

  16. @ Sasha,

    Thank you for commenting back to me! I appreciate it!

    Bernie is an interesting name. My great grandpa was named after his grandpa who is my great, great grandpa. His name is Plotske. I know it sounds very weird, but we are Russian so our names sound different. My grandpa's name is Philip. His Russian name is Philope. Do you know what your great, great grandpa's name was? If so, can you tell me?

    My grandpa didn't die, my GREAT grandpa died! But, my grandpa still was a veteran, the good news is, he did't pass away! I'm happy that your grandpa didn't pass away. I wasn't born yet when my great grandpa died, so I barely new him. I wish I could of met him. He sounded very nice. If I could of met him, I needed to know fluent Russian because that was the only language he spoke. I know he is nice because my father used to know him when he was a child. My father told me about all of the wars he was in. He unfortunately died of a bomb explosion. My dad won't tell me how and were. He says I am not ready for it.

    I wish we did know our ancestors.
    Then they would tell us stories of what they have been threw.



  17. @ Mia,

    I l♥ve your comment! I bet that your great grandpa would tell you stories, because my grandpa tells me stories all the time! Some I l♥ve better than others. He also teaches me some songs that were made along time ago!



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