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Tom - 05/12/2017
Surrey, British Columbia Canada

To armed forces away from home: I have thought a few times what it would be like if my country suddenly went to war on domestic soil and called for men such as myself to take up arms. I'm not sure that I would muster up the courage. I imagine myself being fearful at the real possibility of facing a violent death or life changing injury. I wonder if I would be able to translate my empathy for my fellow neighbor to putting my life on the line for the men in my unit. I can only hope that I wouldn't abandon someone to save myself. When I think of these things and then remember how the men in the armed forces stand strong every day, without hesitation or reservation, so that I can enjoy freedom, makes me appreciate what I have all the more. I want to say thank you and may God bless your selfless sacrifice. Merry Christmas and may you see your loved ones soon!

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hello my name is Jake and I'm writing to you today to say thank you for serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for us. I’m going to tell you about myself. My favorite sports are ball hockey and soccer because it involves a lot of running. My favorite food is chicken and salad because it’s good . My life at school is very nice. My favorite subject is gym because I like to stay active and I like to play dodgeball at school and I like to play soccer at recess. I like to do math because it is fun to do multiplication in math. Thank you for serving in the Canadian Armed Forces for saving people in natural disasters and give the supplies they need to live. Is it ok for me to ask you a few Questions? Do you ever miss your family?. And what is the food like? What is it like there is it nice? And where are you right now?. And thank for your time for reading this. Sincerely, Jake

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hi my name is Elizabeth and l am writing to thank you because without you I wouldn’t be at school. I love to play hockey. Me and my brother both love to play hockey because our dad couches us and I feel so happy when I get a goal. I like school because you can do math, science, art, gym, music and French. My favourite subject is art because you can make funny pictures. At school, you can make new friends at school. Thank you for serving your country. Because of people like you, we can go to school and we can learn new things. So one day we can get a good job. I have three questions about you . Do you miss your family? How does the food taste? What do you do in your free time? Sincerely, Elizabeth

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Thank you for keeping us safe so we can go to school. Hi, my name is Ben and since I was 7, I have wanted to be in Canadian Armed Forces, because I love my country and one day I can be like you. If it wasn’t for people like you, I wouldn’t be playing hockey. I am in grade 6 and my teacher is awesome and fun. I play football at break with my friends. My favorite subject is math because it is so fun. Thank you for making our country safe and sound. Thank you for making sure there is no more world wars. Thank you for saving our lives over seas. Can you make sure Holland is ok and everyone is safe? If you can then please can you make more peace in the world. Sincerely, Benjamin

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hi I'm Fatima I'm writing to you because I want to thank you and your friends for all the things you have done for us. I am 11 years old and I go to Gordon school. I have two sisters and a brother. One day, I hope to become a teacher. I love school a lot because I get to learn new things and it gets me ready for when I'm older. I like to do math and art because they are really fun. Thank you for serving our Country so we could do the things were allowed to do today. It takes a lot of courage and bravery to do the things you do for us and for other people. How does it feel to not see your family for a really long time? Sincerely, Fatima

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Hello my name is Aya and why I'm writing to you today is to give a special and personal thank you to everyone in the Canadian Armed Forces and to tell you a little about myself. I'm in grade six and I go to Gordon Public School in Welland, and I’m eleven years old with two sisters and one brother. I love art and drawing and everyone says I have a talent and I agree with them because I think that my drawings are really good. And one day I want to be a artist or if that doesn't work I’ll be a mom. Now school and life, I love school, school has been going great. Ii lost some friends but I got much better ones. I think and I hope I get straight A's on my report card this year. If I don't, I will not get to go and get something from the mall . My life has been really nice. I have a lot of good memories in my life and I hope I have even more in the future. Now I just want to say thank you. Thank YOU for risking your lives for ours. ThanK YOU for giving people democracy like us. ThanK YOU for serving for our country. And now I have some questions for you. How does it feel to be in war? Do you miss your family and friends? Do you have any entertainment when your off duty? Sincerely, Aya

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hello, I am writing to you today because you serve lots of countries and you give help to people all over the world. It must be tough being an Armed Force Member. I am Jack, I live in Welland. I use to live in Fonthill but we moved because our house was too small. I am 10 years old right now. My birthday is March 21 2007 and I was born in the hospital in St. Catharines. Our house right now is a really great house and it wouldn’t be great if it wasn’t for people like you. My favourite sport to play is baseball. I play on the travel team we went to the Ontario Baseball Association we came second place because we lost 11-4. I go to Gordon Public School, I use to go to Glenn A Green for JK and SK. Gordon school is a really great school. I made the junior boys volleyball team. I take the bus home every day, I don’t know why the bus does not have seatbelts. I am really good at math, it’s my best subject in school. I am so happy you made our country free so I can go to school and that you are helping kids in other countries go to school too. Thank you for everything you have done for our country. You risk your life to help Canada and the world and are helping lots of countries to be free from danger, war and recover from natural disasters. Thank you to our peacekeepers for keeping counties from going to war with each other. I have a few questions for you: Do you ever miss your family when your are at war? Are you scared when you a

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, My name is Joey and I am writing to thank you because without people like you, I wouldn’t be at school right now. First, I am going to tell you a few things about me. I am ten years old and in grade 5 at Gordon School in Welland. I have one pet, whose name is Custard and he is a cat. He likes to get lots of pets every morning. I have one brother and three sisters. One of my favourite foods is hot dogs. At school, I love gym class because it is fun. I like to exercise and run around. My mom packs me a delicious lunch. It is fun to do activities like playing “Don’t Make Me Laugh Junior”. I would like to say thank you for serving so we can go to school, learn and someday get a job we like. My classmates and I are grateful, because you are risking your life to keep us safe. Finally, I would like to ask you a few questions. What kind of equipment do you use where you are? Sincerely, Joey

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hi, I’m Abigail. I’m writing a letter to you because I’m grateful for what you have done so we could be free. Here are a few things about myself. I have a 7 year old brother and a 2 month old sister. My dad trained in the army but he never actually fought on the field, I’m kind of glad he didn’t fight though. I LOVE art and music, I don’t know why. Maybe because I can describe what I’m feeling without actually having to use words. I also really want to learn German and I want to go to Austria one day. I go to a school in Welland but I was born in Kelowna, British Columbia, we moved here because my dad got a job here. Anyhow my favourite subjects are art and language. I don’t really like French and math because they aren’t that fun and they can sometimes be really hard, but I’m persevering and trying my best. Also last year we went on a trip to Toronto! We went to the aquarium and to the Blue Jays game, it was really fun! Thank you for fighting to keep this country free, and for risking your life for us. Also for letting us have a good education. Thanks to you we can choose what we want to do with our life. Thank you again for spending time away from your family and fighting to keep our country the same and to help other countries. Thank you for keeping peace between people so that another war won’t start. Are you ever scared, because I would be. You guys are really brave, you are role models to younger kids. You

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, My name is Ayden. I am writing a letter to you because I am wondering what it is like in the war and I would like to thank you. This is a little bit of me. I like school because we learn new things. I like to do math and reading are my favourite subjects. I like to make new friends at school. Playing soccer with my friends at school and at home is fun. This year is more challenging. I like you guys for stopping the war so people don’t get hurt. Thank you for trying to make peace around the world. I would like to thank you for risking your lives for other people. Now I would like to ask you questions. How is your food? Does your food taste good? How do you carry all of your stuff? What is the most difficult thing for you guys? Sincerely, Ayden

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Force Members, Hello, my name is Mckena , and I’m writing to thank you because without people like you, we wouldn’t be able to go to school. I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I am 10 years old and in a grade 5/6 split in Gordon Public School in Welland. I have 2 pets: a cat named Unity and a hamster named Bear. I love doing art, maybe one day I’ll be an artist. At school my favourite subjects are Math and Art. Right now we are learning about the battle of Vimy Ridge. I’m hoping to learn a bit more about World War 2 , because we have been just focused on World War 1. I would like to thank all Canadian Armed Force Members for serving so we can go to school, learn and maybe someday even get a job that we really like. I’m grateful because you are risking your life to keep us safe. Finally, I have a few questions for all of you. First, what is it like being away from your home and all your family for a long time? What is the food like that you have to eat? One last question is, do you ever have to wear certain clothes? Sincerely, Mckena

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hello my name is Summer. I am writing to you today to say thank you for what you are doing for our country. I am ten years old and I have two pet bearded dragons: Joy and Lexi. I absolutely love vacationing in Dominican Republic. I go to Gordon P.S. in Welland. Also I am in grade 5-6 split. My favourite subjects are art and learning buddies with my little friend, Aubree. Thank you for keeping peace between our countries so that they do not go to war again. Also, thank you for reminding our country to keep peace in mind so that no more lives are lost. Finally, thank you for spending all of your time so that we can have a good life. Now I am going to ask you a few questions about being a Canadian Armed Forces Member. Number 1: Do you ever get to have a break to see your family? Number 2: How are the living conditions there? And the last question is: How long have you been a Canadian Armed Forces Member? That is all I have to write to you today….see you later! Sincerely, Summer

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, I’m are writing to you today, to give you a special and personal thank you. My name is Serenity and I’m 11 years old. My favorite color is hot pink and sparkley purple. My hobbies are gymnastics and horseback riding. I like to learn lots of things at school, so I can get a education and get a job. I’m happy that I’m at school because without learning I would not know anything and live on the street. The kids at school are witty and nice to me and everybody else. Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for keeping freedom for us. Thank you for risking your life so we can have a nice Christmas without anything wrecking our home. You are inspiration to us! Sincerely, Serenity

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Members, I am writing because I am thankful to you for keeping Canada safe. My name is Trenton Crooks I am 10 years old. I have 6 people in my family and I have two pets. My dog loves to play ball. At school I love art because I love drawing pictures of anything. I also love to play sports. My favourite subject is gym because we are doing volleyball. Thank you for being a hero. You are saving other countries with food,medicine and supplies. Thank you for being a hero and risking your lives for us. Sincerely, Trenton

Camryn - 05/12/2017
Saint John, New Brunswick Canada

Hello To All The Troops Who Proudly Represent Our Great Country! My name is Camryn and I'm a 15 year old student in Saint John, NB. I wanted to say thank you for keeping the peace, helping those in need and hope that you get to spend time with your family over the holidays. If you're away from your family, I wish you a safe journey home. All the best and season's greetings.

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hello! My name is Brooke and I'm writing to you to tell you thanks for all the things you have done for Canada. I’m a grade 6 student at a school in Welland and I have auburn hair. At school we are currently learning about Remembrance Day, the two world wars, the Korean war and veterans/Canadian Armed Forces Members. I will also be presenting my Remembrance Day poem at the assembly, Thanks for helping your country in numerous ways. Thank you for helping people and bringing fresh water and supplies to people after a disaster. Thank you you keeping enemies apart until a solution can be made during peacekeeping missions. Lastly, thanks for protecting and helping your country in all different ways. Some questions I’d like to ask you are: What is it like being away from your country for so long? Do you ever miss familiar land? What kind of supplies do you get sent, like, food, water, and clothes? Sincerely, Brooke

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, Hello my name is Aiden Robert Stock and I am here today to tell you some things about me. So first, I go to Gordon Public School and I'm 10 years old and I love playing basketball and soccer. Now I will be telling you about what I do at my school. I play basketball. My favourite subject in class is math. Also I'm in a grade 5/6. Thank you for protecting our country. Thank you for helping people in need. Thank you for risking your life to keep our country safe. Thank you for for helping other countries and our country. If you don’t mind, can I ask a few questions? What is it like are you are? Are you scared or happy for protecting your country? Where do you work? Are you a pilot, a soldier, in the navy or something else? I hope you come home soon. Sincerely , Aiden

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Members, Hi I am Carlos and I go to a school called Gordon in Welland. I am ten years old and I like spending my time with my family and friends. I have enjoyed my life so far with you helping us keeping things in place. My life in school has been good so far. I had made good friends at school. My favourite subject is math. I also like learning new stuff every day at school. I thank you for keeping our country in peace and not putting us in war. My second thank you is for you keeping freedom in between two countries and not letting it start a war, my last thank you is for you because you make a peaceful place for us to live in. Lastly, I have a few questions for you. My first question is is it hard for you to go to go on a mission? My second and last question is it hard for you to be away from the people you love for a long time? Sincerely, Carlos

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, I am writing to you to say thank you, to tell you a little bit about myself and my life at school and to ask some questions. First I'm going to tell you about myself. I have three step-sisters, one brother, a mom, a dad, a stepdad and a stepmom. I have three dogs and one of them lives with my dad and stepmom. I also have four cats, two live with me. I am in grade 5 and I go to Gordon Public School in Welland. At school, we just finished a volleyball unit. We sang “Highway of Heroes” for our Remembrance Day Assembly. My favourite subject is math. I would like to thank you for giving us peace and freedom. Thank you for delivering food and water to people in need and for protecting us. Thank you that I can go to school and learn. I have a few questions for you. First, what is it like in the Canadian Armed Forces? Are you in a safe place? Sincerely, Ayden

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Members, Hello my name is Nour and I’m sending this because I’m thanking you for the things you've done . I’m Muslim and my parents were born in Lebanon. I have two sisters and one brother. I live in Welland and I go to Gordon Public School. I’m 10 years old and I like going swimming and skating with my family. When it comes to school it’s like a jungle and that's fun . We do a lot of fun stuff and the the thing I like the most is that I have a lot of friends and we’re like the monkeys in the jungle. Thank you for everything you've done and for all the people you've helped. You are doing that for us . Whatever happens we will always remember you. I have two questions for you. Do you ever miss your family? And have you ever been worried that you wouldn't come back ? Sincerely , Nour

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, My name is Aaron and I am writing to you because I want to thank you for serving our country. Without you, I wouldn't be here right now. There are three things to tell you about my life. First, I like doing flips on a trampoline. Another thing I do outside is ride my bike and scooter. Lastly, I like playing dodgeball with my friends at school because it's really fun. My life in school is going good and my favourite subject is gym because we can do fun activities, like Survivor. Thank you for serving our country and there is peace in the world because you serve. If it wasn’t for you, we might be in a war and we might not be able to go to school. Now I would like to ask you a question. How is the food in the military? Thank you for reading my Rememberance Day paragraph. Sincerely, Aaron

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member, First off, how are you doing?I am doing great. I am ten years old and I play hockey for the Southern Tier Admirals. I live in Welland Ontario. I go to Gordon Public School and my favourite subject in school is gym. I am in the 5th grade. Thank you for serving for our country. Thank you for risking your life for our country. Thank you for letting our country to be free. If it wasn’t for people like you, we wouldn’t be at school having fun. I am going to ask you a few questions. Is it hard to being away from your family for a long period of time? What kind of food do you have and get? My last question is, is it harsh where you are now? Sincerely, Dustin

Lori McClay - 05/12/2017
Welland, Ontario Canada

Hi, I am going to be submitting some letters written by the students in my class. Stay tuned. My earnest thanks to all of you and may you have a happy holiday wherever you may be. Lori

greg greene - 05/12/2017
Creston, British Columbia Canada

Yo Brothers and Sisters Thanks for doing a great job. Come home safe ! GG 71 Bty - 26 Fd CAF - Aircrew

Denise Brown - 05/12/2017
Orillia, Ontario Canada

A very Merry Christmas to all of you for giving so much to keep us safe. Even though you are not home for Christmas, you are thought of and in our prayers. May this Christmas be the Merriest. You are in the hearts of many. Bless you and keep you safe. Merry Christmas.