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Local students make Valentines for veterans & service members

Several schools and organizations across the Capital Region are making Valentine’s Day cards for veterans and service members.

AMSTERDAM (WRGB) – Several schools and organizations across the Capital Region are making Valentine’s Day cards for veterans and service members.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, who is a veteran, started the program about eight years ago.

Monday, students at the Marie Curie Institute in Amsterdam, who are in Kindergarten through 2nd grade, met with Assemblyman Santabarbara and a local service member to present the cards and read some special messages. The entire school made more than 400 cards. Assemblyman Santabarbara says so far, a total of more than 1,000 cards have been collected.

The cards will be distributed to the VA hospital, local veterans organizations, and service members stationed locally.

Sgt. Robert Lyons, an Army National Guard recruiter in Scotia, said getting cards from community members always makes him smile. “When I was overseas we got letters from all different parts of the state and all different parts of the country, and we would read them and it just made you want to go back home and be a part of home again.”

Assemblyman Santabarbara says his goal is to get the younger generation engaged, and teach them an important lesson about the men and women who serve our country. “To learn the lesson of freedom to learn about our veterans to learn about the sacrifices that veterans have made for our country and what they mean for the freedom we enjoy each day.”


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