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Summit Hill students show their appreciation to U.S. veterans

Third-grade students present letters of thanks to the veterans at American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta. From left, Davy VanBrackle, Ryan Harrison, John Davis and Jay Dumon. Katie VanBrackle.
November 21, 2011
MILTON, Ga. -- Students in a third-grade class at Summit Hill Elementary School in Milton celebrated Veterans Day, Nov. 11, by writing letters of thanks to U.S. veterans.

"Thank you for protecting us and making us feel safe," one letter read.

"Thank you for being brave," read another. The letters were decorated with colorful crayon drawings of flags and smiling soldiers.

Three students from the class delivered the stack of letters to the American Legion Post 201 in Alpharetta on Veterans Day, where they were gratefully received by 1st Lt. John Davis. Davis, who grew up in Roswell, served in the Vietnam War as a member of the 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry. He explained to the boys that in the past, soldiers in the cavalry rode into battle on horseback. In Vietnam, they rode on Huey helicopters and were dropped by rope onto the battlefield.

After delivering their letters, the boys explored the military equipment and memorials on the grounds of the American Legion and gazed up at a mounted Huey helicopter just like the one used to transport Davis' cavalry unit in Vietnam.

Teacher Lisa Jeffcoat said she was proud of her students, who came up with the idea of writing the letters on their own.

"I was thrilled they wanted to do something in honor of an important day," she said.

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