Thursday, November 11, 2021

Happy Veterans Day!

Today 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.

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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?

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Below we feature some friends and family who are veterans!

Illustration by Aarna

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Meet our district superintendent, Dr. Stepenosky. As you can see, he served in the Navy. From 1990 to 1994, he was on a 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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Meet Lucas' grandfather, Seargent Bill, who served in the Marine Corps. He was stationed at Cherry Point, North Carolina, and he served in the Vietnam War.

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Zach's great-grandfather

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

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Meet Noah’s papa, Michael Berkson. He was in the Army and stationed at Fort Ord in Northern California.

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Meet Molly’s Gramps Stanley Bossuk. He served in the army at Fort Ord in Monterrey, California. He never went overseas. He was 20 years old when he served, and he is now 87.

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Meet Amelia's great-grandfather Umberto Cavaletto. He served as a captain in the Air Force during WW II. Captain Cavaletto was a navigator who got shot down over Italy and was a prisoner of war for 18 months.

Amelia's other grandfather was Bob Ajeman. He was an Army and Marine reserve. Ajeman was most proud to being part of the Army 81st Airborne in the 1950s.

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Meet Eli's Aunt Lisa's Uncle Nick Zancouridies. He served in Vietnam as a Sergeant E5 in the Marine Corps. 

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Meet Mrs. Yollis' uncle, Don Pfau! He is the soldier on the right. Uncle Don served in the Army in Korea in 1945. 

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This is Marcus' Grandpa Dixon. He was in the Navy and he served in Vietnam on a Destroyer Escort Ship. The purpose of his mission was to protect the Carrier Division of the Fleet from enemy submarines.

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Meet Airman Nelson, Coach Felicity's patriotic son. He serves in the Air Force and is stationed in Colorado.

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We thank all our veterans for their service to our country!   

Are any of your relatives or friends veterans?

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

What have you learned about Veterans Day? Please share!


  1. I love these wonderful photos and thank you for sharing so many memories. It's important to keep these memories alive. I can add to the fact that it originally honored the end of World War I. That war ended when guns stopped firing at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

  2. Thank you to all the veterans who helped or are helping to protect our country! I loved how the blog honored veterans that the class has relationships to. What a great way of teaching the 3rd graders about veterans day!

    -Lindsay (Molly's Mom)

  3. Carolyn (Lucas's Mom)November 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    Happy Veterans Day to all veterans! Thank you so much for your service. It's great to see how many students in your class have veterans in their families. I am grateful for the freedom we all have today due to these heroic men and women, especially Lucas' grandfather Bill -- my father! Fun Fact: Did you know Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War I? It was later changed to Veterans Day by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to celebrate all Veterans!

    -Carolyn (Lucas' Mom)

  4. Happy Veterans Day! It’s definitely an honorable day and I thank every service member who sacrificed their life to protect our amazing country. As a soldier and officer who served for another country (Israel), the feeling to serve and protect a country is priceless and very special.

    Thank you to ALL veterans for your service!

  5. We are so grateful for your service! Happy Veteran’s Day!

  6. Veterans Day was fun! My great grandfather from Italy fought in WWII and also was a prisoner of war in the U.S.


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