St. Mary's third graders hold prayer cards. (Photo submitted)
St. Mary's third graders hold prayer cards. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT — The students of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School have been working on various ways to show their respect and gratitude to the nation’s veterans and current military personal.

The children in the Kindergarten class made posters and decorated cards thanking the veterans and active military for their service. These cards will be sent to the active duty military service men.

Students in first and second grade wrote letters to friends and relatives who are veterans. They are also writing letters to active military personnel through Operation Gratitude. The second grade was also very honored to have some memorabilia from a serviceman to observe. Clyde Bloomfield was held as a prisoner of war in WWII when he was just 19 years old. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal of Honor. The second grade was also able to see some of the letters that he wrote home to his mother while being held prisoner.

The third graders are working hard to create prayer cards to have available after all masses held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church this weekend. Students attached a toy military person to the prayer card in the hopes that this would remind anyone who takes a card home to pray for the men and women who have served and who are currently serving in the armed forces.

The fourth grade students discussed why this country’s military fights for freedom. Through research, they created a United States symbols mini-book, to showcase the history of this country and its important symbols. The fifth and sixth grade students wrote an essay on, “Why Our Veterans Are America’s Heroes” as part of the Van Wert Elk’s essay contest. Through video clips and discussion, the students expressed their thoughts on this topic.

The students, faculty, and staff of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School thank the veterans and active military personnel for all they have done and continue to do.