From: Tara Ziegeweid
Winona Middle School
Teacher: Mr. Matt Schultz
We should honor our veterans, because without them we would not have all the wonderful things we have today. We also should honor our veterans, because if we did not have them we would probably live in a Nazi country, or still be ruled by Great Britain. These soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have been ready to stand in the way and stare into the eyes and face of the enemy ready to kill or be killed to keep this country free and safe. They made the noble and brave sacrifices to leave their family behind, friends behind, and most of their life just to make sure no harm comes near us. If it were not for these strong, courageous brave men and women fighting and dying for everything and everyone, then nobody would. While you are wondering this, yes, there is a soldier, Marine, airman, sailor, or Coast Guardsman thousands and thousands of miles away from his/her spouse, kids, friends, and home knowing they have a big possibility of never returning or seeing them again. So make sure you understand that you are here today because of those men and women who made a lot of sacrifices for you.
You may know that in the past there were a lot of other battles and wars. There were a lot of people who lost their lives in them. Just think there were thousands of people fighting in very many of the battles, even one or two battles had close to one million or more people, and close to half of them died. That just might give you an idea of how many people have dedicated their lives to our country.
Speaking of veterans, both of my grandfathers fought in war. My fatherís father Lyle Ziegeweid fought in the Korean War on June 25, 1950. Once in a while I will sit down and let him tell me a little bit about the war, and it is so cool to see him really get into the story and see his eyes light up while he tells it. However, my other grandfather, Norman Molidor fought in World War II. He died when I was little and I wish he were still here to tell me a story or two about the war. I think it would be really cool to hear him talk about World War II. The reason I am telling you this is because I am very proud of the things my family did in sacrifices, and in their service in the military.
Do you know anyone in or have been in the military? If you do, you should thank them for their service. It would probably be the highlight of their day, and personally I think they at least deserve a simple thank you.
I really enjoyed writing this report because it really made me realize how lucky I am to be living here today, and to have loving people surrounding me each and every day.