Kindergarten students learn what a veteran is

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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) -- A kindergarten teacher at Roosevelt Elementary in Bismarck, North Dakota said that when she asked her students what a veteran was, not a single one knew the answer.

As a teacher, and the wife of a veteran, she said that it was sad to hear that to her students thought Veteran's Day was just a day off school.

While students know the words to the pledge of allegiance, they don't necessarily know what those words mean.

Another word that Mrs. Meschke's class didn't know was veteran.

"That kind of makes me sad because I wish we were in school to celebrate Veteran's Day. A lot of people think it's a day off of school," said Marlee Meschke, kindergarten teacher.

"I told them that I have friends who are veterans and they had to sacrifice some family time to go away and keep our country safe," said Meschke.

A few student gave their thoughts on what veteran's do for this country.

"They let us pick what church we want to go to, and they let us have choices," said 5-year-old Riley Hertz.

"They keep us safe," said 6-year-old Aubrie Wagendorf.

"They fight for our land and give us choices," said 5-year-old Liam Conover

The students wrote letters to veteran's to thank them for their service, once they understood what the holiday was all about.

"Dear veterans, thank you for protecting our land," said Wagendorf.

Now all of the students in Mrs. Meschke's class can tell you what a veteran is, and why they won't be in school on Friday.

Veteran's Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.