Students from Southeast Lauderdale Elementary School spent a week making Valentine's Day cards and writing letters for area veterans.
The original plan was for the cards to be taken to the VA Hospital in Jackson by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. But students asked to be able to hand-deliver the cards themselves.
The fourth graders met the auxiliary, along with the VFW Riders, early Monday morning at the Queen City Truck Stop to make the trip together.
"I thought it would be nice, because they supported us with all that they did and they let our country be free," said student Jacob Davis.
"They are really the ones that helped us in life," said student Sterling Spears. "They gave us freedom so we could do stuff like go to school."
"They said they just really wanted to go over and deliver the cards to the veterans and we just thought that would be so wonderful," said Mildred Lewis, president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
"So, here we have all of our hundred fourth graders heading over to the VA Hospital to tell them thanks and to tell them Happy Valentine's Day," said Southeast teacher, Lita Palmiter. "We hope it makes an impression on the fourth graders and on the veterans."
While a visit from a hundred students should brighten the day for veterans, one fourth grader was quick to point out that the kids are also carrying messages of love and support from the whole elementary school.
"Some of the cards are from all the different grades: kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth," said student Laila Sisson.