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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 1:20 pm

Each year, the Silver Strand Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) sponsors a Letters to the Troops project. Beginning in September, students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to write a one-page letter addressed “Dear Service Member” to express thanks for the responsibilities our service men and women undertake in protecting our country. The student letters also recognize that service members frequently miss celebrating the holidays with their families.

This year, over 1150 letters for the troops were written by students from seven participating schools. The letters were delivered to the Naval base Coronado Public Affairs Officer for distribution to military forces ahead of the holiday season. The schools submitting letters were: St. Charles Catholic School in South San Diego/Imperial Beach, Coronado’s Christ Church Day School and Scared Heart Parish School, Coronado Strand and Village Elementary schools, Coronado Middle School and from students enrolled in the JNROTC program at Coronado High School.

To the students: the members of the Silver Strand MOAA thank each one of you who took the time to write a letter. The positive affect that your letter will have on the service member who receives it, especially during the holiday season, cannot be overstated. Your letters are greatly appreciated and will raise everyone’s spirits. 

To the administrators and faculty who encouraged and helped students participate in this year’s Letters to the Troops project, please know that your “applause” will come from the unseen faces of the service members who receive your students’ letters.

Lastly, two letters were selected from each of the participating schools. Their authors will receive either the first place or the second place gift certificate award provided to that school. The award certificates are redeemable at Bay Books Coronado.

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to say thank you for keeping us safe with all your courage and bravery. Putting your life to risk is no joke. You are always thinking of us and making sure we stay as a free country. In Coronado, CA, we recognize you because we are a military town.

My dad is in the military and he is an EOD officer. Because he in in the military, my little sister and I move a lot. I had moved seven times at nine and a half, and when I say move, I mean cross country moves. When I was little, my dad was always deployed so I never got to see him. I’m also a Girl Scout so I always do things for the military like Honor Flight and Wreaths Across America.

Happy holidays and thank you for being a hero.

Sincerely,

Sidney

Christ Church Day School

Dear Service Member,

My name is Alyson. I am eight years old. I live in Coronado, California. I’m in third grade and I go to Christ Church Day School, also known as CCDS. My favorite subjects are art, math, science and reading. My favorite books are Harry Potter. I also like to do pillow fights, eat candy, dance and play with nature. My dad is in the Navy. He is an XO and EOD. He jumps out of planes and destroys bombs. My dad was on deployment and my sister didn’t really know my dad until she was two! I love animals so much and my favorite animal is a horse. They’re so soft and gentle.

Thank you for protecting our country. You sacrifice your life for our world. Is you ship big? When I grow up I might want to be in the military. I pray for you to come home safely.

How do you feel being away from your family over the holidays? I hope you still have happy holidays. I’ll be thinking of you over the holidays. Have a very, very, very, very Happy Holidays!

Respectfully,

Alyson

Third grade

Christ Church Day School

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to say thanks for all that you do. You make incredible sacrifices that I could never even dream of. Coming from a military family, I can understand what it’s like to be separated from my father for extended periods of time. Yet, I cannot imagine what the flip side of the situation feels like. All of the time, you are fighting for my freedom and safety. The only way I continue living life the way I do is because you have the courage to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. For your amazing courage and bravery, I commend you. I hope that you and your family are doing well and continue as such. Please know that your work is well appreciated; not only by me, but by all of us, all over the country. This is why I thank you, for your immense bravery to a capacity of which I do not possess. I hope that you enjoy your work and know that you are loved and appreciated by all people back home. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the holidays. You are in my prayers and I will never forget you. Keep fighting for what you believe in and have comfort knowing that we all thank you for your incredible sacrifices.

Thank you for your service.

Ryan

Eighth grade

Sacred Heart Parish School

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to say thanks for your service to our country. I also wanted to say Merry Christmas in case you don’t make it home for the holidays. You are risking your life to protect your family, my family and millions of others. Every branch of the military is working hard to help our nation. And whatever background or home you came from, I hope you have happiness and joy in your life. I will be praying for you and your family. I respect everything you’ve done and hope you have a good holiday.

Sincerely, 

Rebekka

Seventh grade

Sacred Heart Parish School

God Bless You

Dear Hero,

My name is Theresa and I am in fifth grade. Thank you for your service and protecting our country. It must be hard to be deployed, away from your family. Thank you for your commitment in the military and helping out when natural disasters strike. Thank you for your generosity to this country. Remember, your deeds are your monuments. May God Bless you and all you do.

Theresa

Fifth grade

Silver Strand Elementary School

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to say thanks for being one of the most selfless people on earth, thinking of other’s lives over your own, putting others ahead of you. I know being in the military can be hard and that is the same with being a military child. My dad once deployed for five month and being away from him was hard, but that doesn’t mean I was sad all the time. I trusted him and knew he would do a good job. Personal sacrifice is important and requires a lot of work so think happy thoughts… Good luck!

A military child,

Layla

Silver Strand Elementary School

(Followed by artistry of a ship at sea and the words “Home is where the heart is.”)

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to thank you for being you. You are brave, strong and have a lot of courage to go out in to wars. You sacrifice yourself and your time to do great things for our country, America. You could be relaxing and watching TV, but you chose to protect everybody. You have a great love for our country and I like that about you. Thank you for keeping us safe. I can imagine going out there. I am blind, and it takes some courage to just step out there in to the big world. It takes a little while to get used to new things. Sometimes you are just put in a situation where you need some help, but I can do it. I know how to overcome my fears. Just like you can overcome yours. You might not be blind, but you are put in some tough situations where it might feel like you cannot see, but you are not alone. Just like I am not alone. I hope you stay safe and remember other people are there to help.

Sincerely,

Grace

Fifth grade

Village Elementary School

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to say thank you for all of your service and for helping to save our country. I wanted to write this to you to make you feel like you are home. I bet that your family is going to be excited to see you come home. But I really appreciate your support because you help the community and save others. In my opinion, that is just amazing! It’s also amazing to think that without you, we probably wouldn’t have any schools and all these amazing things! I’ve probably wouldn’t be able to go outside because we are scared to. However, you helped us and let us be free. I enjoy this freedom. Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,

Amanda

Village Elementary School

(Followed by an artist rendition of “ice cream buddies.”)

Dear Service Member,

I would like to say thank you for all you do and your sacrifices. I know that you don’t get to see your loved ones for a long time and miss out on special moments. Those that serve are amazing role models for kids like me because you are not doing this for yourself but for people like me who you don’t even know. I want you to know that we are all really grateful to you.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Katy and I go to Coronado Middle School which is in Coronado, California. I am in 7th grade. At first I wasn’t sure what to say in this letter. But once I thought about it I realized we all need to thank you and your family for the time you spend away from them to make sure we are safe at home. You see I know first hand the sacrifices because I am a military child. My dad is in the Navy, so when he got deployed, it was a really long time before I saw him again. Not talking to him for long periods of time or having him around were some of the worst feelings ever. But I kept thinking how proud I was of him and that it was for the best that he is serving in the military. I kept my head held high even though my dad was gone. I wanted to be strong for my mom and him and help him to do his job by not worrying about me at home.

So don’t worry, I know your family misses you, but I bet they understand just like I did. I will tell you, as a military kid, that when you finally see their face, it is the best thing ever. At first you are not sure if it is them because they have been gone for so long. There are no words that really describe the feeling. But all you want to do is race towards them and hug the as hard as you can so that they can barely breathe. You are so happy!

Thank you again for your service. One more really important thing to remember, “Go Navy, Beat Army.” Sorry if you are in the Army, but it had to be said. Stay safe and hurry home.

Sincerely,

Katy

Seventh grade

Coronado Middle School

Dear Service Member,

I would like to thank you from me and everyone else for all the work you do. You change many people’s lives by protecting them. And make them feel confident. You represent the beautiful country of the United States of America but not just that, but make others in the world feel confident because you are there to help out all who are in need. Lots of people look up to the courage, determination, grit and bravery that you carry with you everywhere you go, which when that is shown makes others feel confident. I know how hard it can be to not be around your family and friends while on deployment but I would like to thank you for your sacrifices and thinking of others before yourself. that takes a lot and for that it makes you a hero.

My name is Andrew, I am in the 8th grade. I really like all sports but the one I really do like is baseball. I have played on many different travel baseball teams but also little league teams. I have played on over ten teams before. I like to join little league teams to teach people who have never played the sport before and show them the proper mechanics for the game. My favorite position on the field is shortstop. I like it because you can be the leader and tell others how your going to win the game and how your going to get an 21 outs to wind the game. People in service are also shortstops because they have to control what’s going on in the worlds and how it sis going to be successful. I know that the crowd is the people watching teams play but I know that when I go see a baseball game whether its professional or just a regular little league game it makes me want to go out there. So keep inspiring the crowd to be leaders. And also just keep displaying good behaviors because lots of people look up to confidence and leadership like that.

Sincerely,

Andrew

Eighth grade

Coronado Middle School

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to say thank you for all that you do to protect America. I am so grateful to grow up in a country protected by people like you. Your sacrifices certainly do not go unnoticed. I know how hard it can be to be away from a loved one, especially during the holidays. My dad has been in the Navy for 29 years; so I know first hand how hard it can be, he has missed many birthdays, Christmas and many important everyday things. The thing that kept our family going during those times was to stay positive, don’t dwell on what he might be going through and to remember that he’ll be home soon. So my advice to you is: stay positive, be hopeful, and remember it will all be over soon.

Julianne

Tenth grade

Coronado High School, NJROTC

Dear Service Member,

I just wanted to say thank you for sacrificing your time for the protection of the American people. and American values. Your efforts and sacrifices do not go unnoticed by the American people and we greatly appreciate everything you do. It must suck to be away from friends and family, but know that you are in not only their hearts but also mine and the hearts of people throughout the nation. Your efforts allow for the American people and people the military helps around the globe to rest easy at night and live unaffected during the day. You sacrifice your easy nights and unaffected days for the protection of ours. I deeply thank you for these sacrifices and promise that you and your family will remain in my heart and mind, like you are my family.

Thankfully,

Ethan

Coronado High School, NJROTC

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