Veterans Day means something different for everybody. But for the kids of Roseburg, it is about honoring those who have or are currently serving and risking their lives for our freedom.

“I have a family member that went to World War II and he was my great-grandpa, so Veterans Day means a lot to me because of him,” said Donnivan Stone, a seventh grader from Fremont Middle School.

Some kids have family members that are currently active in the military, including Madie Hoschouer, a seventh grader from Fremont Middle School.

“Veterans Day is a time to honor the people who risked their live’s for us. Having a brother in the military helps me have a new appreciation for Veterans Day.” Madie added that her father also served in the Army.

Levi Kincaid, a third grader from Fullerton IV Elementary, has had several family members who have served our country.

“Veterans Day makes me think about my grandpa who fought in the Korean War as an infantry soldier,” Levi said. “It also makes me think about my grandma’s uncle who was killed in action as a paratrooper in World War II. These men sacrificed their lives and time fighting wars because they believed in our country.”

What other Roseburg students say about Veterans Day.

Roseburg’s youngest citizens are thankful for their family members who have served. Kale Nielsen, seventh grader from Roseburg, said “It is a day to remember the people who have served and fought for our country. My grandpa, Frank Nielsen, was in the Army in military intelligence. He was a specialist. My great-grandpa, Robert Eberlein was in the Navy and served on a navy ship.”

Kaylee Dykes, seventh grader at Fremont, states, “Veterans Day means a lot because it supports the people who died to give us our freedom.” Bailey Wilcox seventh grader at Fremont, said, “It is a day to thank the people who would risk their life for others.”

Emylie Moore, seventh grader at Fremont, also has great respect for Veterans Day. She said, “To me, Veterans Day means honoring the people who served our country. It means to congratulate them for their hard work, and to be thankful for them and the fact that they endured so much for the sake of our country.”

The young people in Roseburg’s community commemorate the veterans who have persistently fought for the freedom of our country. Grace McAfee, seventh grade student at Umpqua Valley Christian School, said, “Some people see Veterans Day as a chance to get free candy at the parade. For me, Veterans Day is a chance for us to honor our Veterans. They have done so much for our country. They chose to work in the armed forces, to protect our country, and even die for our country. I have an aunt who works in the Air Force. She is still active and works very hard to protect our country. Veterans Day is a wonderful celebration of our citizens who have risked their lives for our protection.”

Quinn Coopride, fourth grader at Fullerton IV, sums it up, “We celebrate Veterans Day for the people who fought in the wars and the people who risk their lives for us. They are saving our country.”

Skylar Knox is a seventh grade student at Fremont Middle School and a contributing reporter to The News-Review. Her work can be found at www.skylarknox.com.

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