Valentines for vets

DARIEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and some school kids in Darien are making sure some veterans won’t be forgotten.

At Ms. Trifiatis class at the Ox Ridge Elementary school, a special assignment.

The kindergartners are making Valentines for our nations’ heroes.

“Obviously, it’s great for a veteran to see kids in the area really care about them. What’s really great is this part of it is introducing them to veterans and showing them we have an obligation,” said Rep. Jim Himes,(D) Connecticut.

People like Phillip Kraft…

He’s a veteran touched by the actions of youngsters, still learning to appreciate the value of sacrafice.

“It’s amazing to see that the kids are shown that there’s one way to treat a veteran with gratitude and respect,” said Kraft.

This effort is part of the Valentines’ for Vets’ a program started five years ago by congressman Himes.

Some cards will go to local VA hospitals, while others are headed to troops serving overseas.

“It’s a great way to combine the two things, having our kids learn about veterans and having our veterans know that people back home care about them,” said St. Senator Carlo Leone, Air Force Veteran.

An important message Valentine’s day or not.

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