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Letters to veterans: Scecina students express their gratitude

 Junior Lorena Meyer (front) and her classmates in Rebeccah Lowe's U.S. History class wrote letters to veterans.

By Beth Murphy, Director of Marketing Communications

For the second year, students in U.S. History and World History classes taught by Scecina social studies teacher Rebeccah Lowe have written cards and letters to veterans in the VA hospital. 

“Last year we received a letter from the hospital thanking us for sending the cards and letters,” she said. “It said that they make it more bearable for the veterans and shows our concern for the veteran community.”

She believes, as a history teacher, that it’s important for students to reflect on and thank veterans for their service.

“I have many friends and family members who are veterans,” she said. “Each has expressed that it is nice to be reminded that their service and sacrifice is appreciated.”

Students also write letters to veterans during some retreats. Junior Lorena Meyer, now a student in Mrs. Lowe’s U.S. History class, received a handwritten and hand-delivered note from the veteran she wrote to during her freshman retreat. Below is Lorena's story about writing letters to veterans.

By Lorena Meyer ’18 

Veterans Day is important to me because we are able to thank our veterans for everything they have done for us. My father and grandfather being veterans, I am able to thank them every day. Our military members do so much for us that I feel that we should thank them as much as we can. Our service members sacrifice their lives to protect us and they don’t even know who we are. So I feel like it is important to thank them as much as possible. 

Scecina Memorial High School does many things to honor our veterans. Our school is named after a veteran. Some of our classes write letters to veterans. During my freshman retreat, each of us received the name of a veteran who graduated from Scecina. We were to write a letter to that veteran. 

That year I wrote my letter to a Navy veteran. I wrote him and thanked him for everything he has done to serve our country. My letter was about a page long. 

When I became a sophomore, I was called down to the main office. When I arrived I was greeted by an elderly man. He asked me what my name was. When I told him, he said he had something for me. He handed me an envelope. Enclosed in the envelope was a handwritten letter from the veteran. He told me he was very touched by the letter I had sent to him. It was shocking to think that a veteran would hand-deliver a letter back to me. Enclosed with the letter was an American flag that would usually go on a military uniform. 

This year one of our social studies teachers, Mrs. Rebeccah Lowe, had her students make cards to send to veterans in the VA hospital. She thinks it is very important to thank veterans for everything they have done. She has friends and family who have served in the military, so that has an effect on what she did this Veterans Day in the classroom. 

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