I've talked with my kids about family members who have served, those they have met and those who have passed away. We've looked at some old photos and talked about when and where our relatives have served. Even though they may not understand all of the history, issues, and politics involved with military affairs, it's important to talk with young children about the sacrifices servicemen and women and their families make to help protect our nation and our liberties.
Today, I asked my son if he would like to write a letter and maybe draw a picture for a family veteran, and he said yes. He actually chose to write two letters - one to my uncle who served in the Army during the Vietnam era and one to my husband's grandfather who is an Army WWII veteran.
On the opposite side of each letter, he drew pictures - one with an eagle and one with an American flag.
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