Sunday, November 11, 2018

Celebrating Veterans Day!

On November 11, America celebrates Veterans Day. It is the day we honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Day is a national holiday. This year, Veterans Day is observed on Monday, November 12. 

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Photo by Mrs. Yollis

Veterans: Men and women who have served in the armed forces.
Soldiers: Men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces.

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Here is a link to a wonderful BrainPop

 video about America's Armed Forces.

What did you learn about the 
Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard?

Here are some fabulous "Make a Map" 
examples made in class!

Kishor's Map

Samantha's Map

Katie's Map

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To help us learn about Veterans Day and the men and women who serve, I asked my students if any of their family members are in the military or are veterans. We honor our veterans and soldiers with this blog post! 

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Our superintendent

NAVY: Meet our district superintendent, Dr. Stepenosky. As you can see, he served in the Navy. From 1990 to 1994, he was on the USS Chancellorsville which was a guided missile cruiser. It was 9,000 tons and had a crew of 330. Notice the destroyer in the background.

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Lily's grandfather

ARMY: Meet Lily's grandpa, Dr. William Zanger. This photo was taken in 1971. He served in the Dental Corp as a Captain of the United States Army. He was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Polk, Louisiana from 1970 through 1972. The baby in the picture is Lily's mother, Sybil.

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Scarlett's grandfather

NAVY: Meet Dr. Tocchet who was born and raised in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. He joined the Navy in 1963 while attending medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following his studies, Paul assumed active duty as an intern at Camp Pendleton, California, before serving overseas. He was attached to a Marine Corps combat M.A.S.H. unit in Viet Nam from 1966-67. He then completed his final two years as a general medical officer at the Naval Station in Monterey, California, until his honorable discharge in 1969. 

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Hana's uncle

MARINE: Meet Hana’s Uncle Josh who served in the United States Marine Corps. He was an electrician who worked on FA-18 jets. He was stationed at Miramar Air Station and was deployed to the Persian Gulf twice. He also went to Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

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Rebecca's grandfather

ARMY: Meet Rebecca's grandfather Barney who served in the army during World War II. He was a private and served in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. His brother Sammy was also a private in the Army and fought and died in the Battle of the Bulge.

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Faith's great-grandfather

NAVY: Meet Grandma Barb's dad, Faith’s Great-Grandpa, who served in the Navy during World War II. He served on a destroyer called the USS Gainard. Though his mother was a widow and none of her five sons would have had to enlist, they all did. 

Faith’s great-grandpa was the youngest in his family, only 17 years old, and a few months away from graduating from high school when he wanted to enlist in the Navy. Since he was under 18, he had to get special permission from his mother, Faith’s great-great-grandma, to enlist. At the time of his high school graduation ceremony, Faith’s great-grandpa was already in the Navy so his mother went to school that night to receive his diploma for him. 

Faith’s great-great-grandma was very proud of all of her sons. The second photo shows all five sons in their uniforms. One son was in the Navy, one was in the Air Force, two were in the Army, and one was in the Marines. They were stationed all over the world. During the war, families put a star in the front window of their homes to indicate they had a loved one in the war. Faith’s great-great grandma had FIVE stars in her front window. Miraculously, Faith’s great-grandpa and all of his brothers returned home from war safe and sound and proud to have served their country.

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Ben's great-grandfather

ARMY: Meet Ralph Linore, Ben's great-grandfather. He was a United States Army sergeant who proudly served from 1942 to 1945 in WW II.

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Are any of your relatives or friends veterans?

Please tell us about them and thank them for their service!


  1. @ Class,

    My Grampy is 73 and he served in the army when he was twenty five to twenty seven years old.

    Thank you Grampy for serving.

    Thank you classmates for sharing your stories about family member who are veterans.

    @ class, does anyone want to be in the military one day? What do you want to be when you grow up?

    I want to be a lawyer like both of my parents!


    1. @ Lily,

      To answer your question, I don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I think I will foster dogs though like the lady who brought the little dog to our Girl Scout meeting.

      I know there a lot of different kinds of lawyers. What kind of lawyer do you want to be? My uncle (well, I call him Tio because Tio is uncle in Spanish and my Tio was born in Nicaragua) was a lawyer for people who don't get treated fairly at work, but now he is a judge.


    2. @ Faith,

      I want to be a real estate lawyer. A real estate lawyer prepares and reviews sale documents and gives advice.

      @ Class,

      What do you want to be when you grow up?

      Does anyone else want to be a lawyer when they grow up?


    3. @Lily and Class

      Lily and I also have an uncle who is in the coast guard. He had moved around for many years and currently is stationed in Jamaica. He has served in the coast guard for over 20 years.

      I hope everyone is okay from the fire and had a good Thanksgiving.

      Does anyone have a family member currently in the army and if so what branch?

      Lucas (Lily's Brother)

  2. Dear Lily's class,
    Seeing my photo when I was in the United States Army, reminded me of a wonderful experience. Serving our country was an honor for me. I treated the children of the soldiers. Does anyone know why Veteran's Day is always November 11? I enjoyed reading about other family members who served our country and honored today.
    My best wishes to you all, Grampy Zanger

    1. @ Grampy,

      I looked up your question and I learned that Veteran's Day is always on November 11 because it is the anniversary of the peace agreement that ended World War I. World War I ended in 1918. So this year was the 100 year anniversary. Thanks for the history lesson!

      @ Class,

      Does anyone else have a family member that was honored?


  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    It is awesome to see that so many of you had relatives who served in the army, marines, navy, and more. These people are very special to us.

    While I am talking about people who helped us, I might as well say thank you to the firefighters who saved many of us from the devastating fires. We are all so thankful for them.

    Changing the topic, I would like to ask everyone, are you going/did go anywhere for Thanksgiving? Where are you going/went?

    Happy Blogging!

    Nolan D.

    1. @ Nolan,

      Another great blog comment from you! You really learned a lot about quality blogging when you were in Mrs. Yollis' class two years ago.

      I am so happy that you brought up the firefighters. I am in awe of how many buildings and communities they saved.

      In our family, we have so many cousins in the military AND who are firefighters. One of our cousins, John, lives in Arizona and was responsible for sending some crews to our area to help us fight these fires. We are thankful for every firefighter who leaves his or her own home to save another person's home!

      As you know, we are headed to the Central Coast for Thanksgiving. I can't wait to see my sister, my brother-in-law, my nephews and my parents!

      What part about Thanksgiving are you most looking forward to?

      Your Mom (AKA Lisa AKA Faith's Mom)


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