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Veterans feel the love from elementary students

MADAWASKA, Maine — Children from the Madawaska Elementary School wrote cards that were delivered to 25 veterans at three residential facilities in the Madawaska area on Veterans Day. 

“We thought having the kids color cards for the veterans would help them to understand the sacrifice made by those in our military,” said Jodie Theriault, Customs and Border Protection community outreach coordinator. 

Almost 100 students from first through third grade made the cards. Norman Nadeau, 87, a veteran of the Korean War, said he often feels the veterans of that war get overlooked. However, he said the students made him feel loved and remembered. 

“I love the cards,” Nadeau said. “It was nice of them to think about us. The veterans, we’re not lost. At least somebody thinks of us.” 

Torrey Millette, the activities director at Country Village Estates, said that the younger generation showed great appreciation for the veterans. 

“It means a lot coming from the younger generation,” Millette said. “I love when the younger generation and the older generation come together, even if it is not physical. Just the love from the younger generation showing appreciation to the veterans who’ve been through a lot, it means a lot.” 

Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations along with Officer Garret Albert of the Madawaska Police Department went to the three residential facilities and gave a short presentation before giving the veterans their cards. 

“It’s a nice gift for the veterans,” Theriault said. “The kids worked so hard on their cards and were very proud of their drawings, and it helped give them a good understanding about what Veterans Day is about. It’s always important for our kids to learn about our country’s past and how it has become what it is today, with the freedoms our veterans fought for.”

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