Wishek Students Write Letters to Veterans


Every year, communities come together to show support for our veterans. Our Malique Rankin shows us one small town that’s keeping Veterans Day close to home. 

Wishek public schools spent the morning learning about what a veteran is and what they do for our country. 

Neil Horner; Staff Sgt: “It’s heartwarming to talk to the kids and see their reactions. And hear the stories- every kid has a story of a grandpa or uncle or brother or somebody that was in the service.”

Older students were paired with younger ones to give our veterans a thank you.

And for some of the children here, these letters are personal. 

Caleb Kosiak has a Dad, uncle, and grandfather who all served, and he has a message for them.

Caleb Kosiak; 3rd grader: “I would say thank you for fighting for our country.”

The letters these kids are writing now will go to local vets right here in Wishek, and they’ll be mailed out just in time for Veterans Day. 

Kids reading parts of their letters: “Thank you for protecting us. You have an important job. Thank you for protecting our community Thank you for protecting my family. From Macie.” 

Mystic Erickson; 3rd grader: “They served for the country, and they saved all of us and made the country the way it is.”

MaryAnn Weber is a teacher at Wishek, and says she wants her students to know why we set aside a day to show appreciation. 

MaryAnn Weber; teacher: “You know, there are grandparents in this community, there are aunts and uncles of these children, there are moms and dads of these kids that are veterans or still in active duty..”

Some of the Wishek veterans served in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam war. 

Mystic Erickson; 3rd grader: “Thank you for your service, the country wouldn’t be the same without you.”

The Wishek veterans will be receiving their letters on Veterans Day which is November 11th. The school hopes to make a tradition out of the letter writing activity.

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