Journal entries selected from students
who read aloud in the classroom on
Veterans Day 1999

If I were a veteran, today I would be thinking about my old friends that died in World War II. I would be wishing they were here and I would go to the cemetery to see their grave. That's what I would do if I was a veteran.
-Josh Aney  

If I were a veteran, today I would be thinking about all my friends that are still alive and those who have died. I would throw a party for my friends that are alive and pray for the ones that had died. I would go to their graves and pray there. I would pray about how they were so kind to risk their lives to save our country.
- Parisa Steketee

If I were a veteran, today I would be thinking about all the people that fought for our freedom and died for our country. It was a very hard time. The families always worried about sons and husbands. It was very sad then, during World War II. Whenever people heard the bomb siren, they would rush to the cellar. How scary that would be! I can't remember though for I was in the war. Being in the war was just as bad as being home in the cellar listening to the siren and listening for planes. Oh, I'm glad it's over.
-Darcy Dubuc

If I were a veteran, today I would go to the cemetery and see all the people's graves who died in war. I would put flowers on some of the graves. I would see the graves from friends of mine in war. That is what I would do on Veteran's Day.
- Alan Lisowicz


Lloyd Botimer, 102-year old World War I veteran from Michigan and Susan Chittenden's grandfather, in a Veterans Day parade with his wife, Ruth.

If I were a veteran, today I would be celebrating with other veterans. We would be sharing our war stories from World War II. Some of the stories would make us laugh and some would make us cry. I would be thinking about my friends who died. At the end of the day, we would say good-bye and see each other next Veteran's Day.
- Michael Lyons

If I were a veteran, today I would think of the people who died in the war of World War II. I would think about he people who sacrificed themselves to save us, the people on Hawaii that died from the Japanese, the people who died from the atomic bomb. I would think of the people who had to suffer. That's what I would do if I was a veteran.
- Thomas Mushroe

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