Representative John Carney picked up valentines cards and Tootsie Pops from second through fifth-grade students at Lulu Ross Elementary School in Milford, and then distributed them to residents at the Delaware Veteran's Home in Milford this afternoon. It was Carney's second annual "Valentines For Vets," but this was the first year that valentines have been collected for veterans from students throughout the state.
Carney found out from the students that many of them have parents and relatives who either have served or are serving in the military. Some students have parents who are serving in the Middle East with the Delaware National Guard, while others have parents who are on duty at Dover Air Force Base. Others have uncles and grandfathers who served in World War II, Korea or Vietnam. He feels that the students at Ross Elementary have a good understanding and appreciation of that given how many of them have family members who have military experience.
Carney says the purpose of the program was to not only show the veterans some love and appreciation with Valentine's Day coming up on Thursday, but also to teach young people about the important roles our servicemen and women have played and continue to play in defending our country. He says the veterans in the home really appreciated the candy and the cards.
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