Each week, The Sentinel publishes stories we receive to prompts in Kids World and on www.cumberlink.com. This week’s Kids Speak Out prompt was “If I could tell a soldier or veteran anything, it would be ...”

“If I could tell a soldier or veteran anything it would be thank you for your bravery and for keeping us safe from those who want to hurt us by going to war and defending our country. I am sad for those who got hurt. It had to be very hard being away from your family for so long. I don’t know how you did it at all! My mom told me that my grandfather, uncles, and cousins were all in the military. I just wanted to say thank you again for helping to keep me safe.”

Karalena Ciambotti, 8

Grade 2

St. Patrick School

“If I could tell a soldier or veteran anything, it would be thank you for protecting my country and my world. I would also say thank you for putting your life on the line. The last thing I would say would be ‘You are the bravest person I know.’”

Kevin Brown, 9

Grade 4

Fishing Creek Elementary School

“If I could tell a soldier anything, it would be thank you, because thank you is a quick word and they may be in a hurry. Another reason is all you have to say is a quick word to make someone happy, and we should thank them for their service. Lastly, it is a nice thing to do, and some people might be homesick or sad about something and that might give them confidence.”

Lauren Kiehl, 8

Grade 3

Crestview Elementary School

“If I could tell a soldier or veteran anything, it would be I want to be a good soldier like you when I grow up.”

Maurai Toro, 9

Grade 4

Fishing Creek Elementary School

“If I could tell a soldier or veteran anything it would be thank you for risking your life for our country. You have died for us and fought for our country too. You may have been hostages for a long time too. That is why I look up to the flag each day.”

Angelo Bartoli, 8

Grade 2

St. Patrick School

“If I could tell a soldier or veteran anything, it would be buenos dias (good morning) because I live with one.”

Ava Ferrufino, 10

Grade 4

Fishing Creek Elementary School

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