Kids send veterans postcards for Remembrance Day

Story by CBC Kids News • 2020-11-10 07:00

Postcards include messages of thanks and drawings

When was the last time you wrote a letter or sent a postcard?

For students at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, B.C., it wasn’t all that long ago.

This year, more than 350 students at the school are sending out postcards to people who served during war as part of a school-wide week of remembrance.

For Grade 8 student Joshua Liu, 13, writing to a veteran reminds him of the peace in Canada that some people may take for granted.

“I feel like a lot of young people today don't understand the hardships of war and sacrifices that the soldiers had to make for us to be able to live in the society we do today,” he told CBC Kids News.

A simple thank you with big impact

This project is part of Postcards for Peace, a national initiative being organized by Veterans Affairs Canada.

Students write postcards that are then delivered to local retirement communities and veterans.

Meadowridge School is one of several schools that participated last year, and the project has grown this year.

Students have dedicated class time to be able to write their messages of thanks to veterans. (Image submitted by Charles Schofield)

Students between grades 4 and 12 at participating schools are invited to write to veterans.

Ryan French, 13, said he now feels a “deeper connection” to Remembrance Day than he did before.

“It makes me feel really, really good in my heart that we can write to people who have gone through so much and that we can make them feel good inside,” Ryan said.

Response from veterans

Aneet Dhillon, 13, participated last year.

She said some veterans wrote back, saying that the postcards would be “cherished” and placed on the walls of their homes.

An example of one of the hundreds of letters and postcards going out to veterans from Meadowridge School students.(Image submitted by Charles Schofield)

Aneet’s grandparents served for the British during the Second World War, and she has had other relatives impacted by the war in Afghanistan.

“You feel you’ve made a little impact on a person that’s changed the world so significantly and sacrificed so much,” she said.

What are these students grateful for?  “I am grateful that I don't have to be persecuted because of my race, because of my religion or because of my outward appearance.” - Aneet Dhillon, 13.  “I'm grateful for the education system that Canada has today and all the improvements that had to be made for the life we live today.” - Ryan French, 13.  “I'm grateful for the equal human rights that are being built up in society today.” - Joshua Liu, 13.

How can you get involved?

All three students said they hope that the postcard project expands to other schools.

They want more veterans to feel appreciated for their sacrifices.

They also suggest talking to veterans, asking questions and knowing your history.

“I hope the [postcard] project expands a lot,” said Joshua, “so that a lot more young people in Canada and in the United States can be aware of what veterans had to give up for them to be able to live in the life we have today.”

If you are interested in the postcard project, have your teacher explore the Veterans Affairs website.

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