'Thank You For Everything' by Katlyn Pertle

'Thank You For Everything' by Katlyn Pertle

We go on everyday living normal lives, without thinking about the simplest of things. We do not recognize how we have so much more than so many others, especially those without a home to call their own. Yet sadly we do not recognize, as often as we should, the people that made our country the way it is today, with freedom and justice. Veterans have formed, saved, and loved our magnificent country for decades and many more to come. All veterans should be recognized as heroes, they put themselves in the face of danger knowing they could die at any moment. Veterans leave their loved ones to ensure safety to those they never encountered, they leave their homes and all of their belongings behind, for us and this one beautiful country. We honor these simple people for the heroic and brave deeds they have done for this country and we do it with great respect. These men and women of dignity, have not received it with regret, but with gratification and ease.

Veterans are simple people with not so simple lives. These people once lived a normal life to call their own, then one day they decided to become a part of the military, and their lives were changed forever. Moms, dads, brothers, and sisters changed their life and the lives of so many others because of one big leap of faith they had in themselves and this country. We celebrate these honorable people for many reasons, but the main reason is out of thanks. Without them what would America look like?

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This is the second in a series of four essays by Waukesha Catholic students about veterans. These four students had the opportunity to place a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Waukesha Catholic’s inaugural 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.