MATHER, Calif. — On Monday, a message of love and thanks in the form of Valentine’s Day cards was shared at the Sacramento VA Medical Center.
Every student from St. John’s Catholic School handmade cards for the veterans, but a group of ten third graders from Cynthia Canalita’s class got to pass them out. “They’re little but they truly do understand it,” she said about her students handing out the cards, “It’s a beautiful thing.”
The cards are also important because they’re being given to a group of people who didn’t always receive appreciation or support.
Canalita also added personally handing the cards to veterans is a wonderful experience for the students to have. “They actually get to see the card make final circle, because they’ve been making them since kindergarten,” she explained.
The tradition is in its thirteenth year. While it’s a learning experience for students; it means even more to the vets. “Some of them actually tear up,” said Canalita, “Over the years some say, ‘You are actually the first person to say thank you since I’ve been home’.”