By Nicholas Ryan Howlett
4th grader, Gregg Anderson Academy
A military veteran is someone who has served or is still serving in one of the main branches in the armed forces. While many veterans served as combat officers, there are several other positions that had to be filled, including trained medical professionals, mechanics and chefs along with many others.
There are several ways to show our gratitude and thankfulness to the men and women that serve or have served our country. One of the easiest is to simply shake hands and say thank you, to our veterans, for their service. Others are to make donations to your local VA, volunteer with local VA hospitals, always display the American flag, and say the pledge of allegiance with pride.
As a nation we should support our veterans because they made the choice to dedicate years of their lives and time away from their families to bravely defend our country and make it a safe place to live.
Nicholas Ryan Howlett won the 2016 Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall Essay Contest in Elementary School division. His essay [above] covered the following topic: What is a military veteran? How and why should we properly honor our veterans?
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