February 13, 2020
Joliet – Will County veterans are receiving more than 2,200 handmade valentines crafted by local students through a “Valentines for Veterans” initiative launched this year by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow. The State’s Attorney delivered the valentines to the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission, which is handing them out to our local veterans.
“We can never fully express our gratitude to our veterans for their service to this country. This program is a wonderful opportunity to teach our kids about the selfless dedication of our veterans, as well as the importance of saying thank you to one another,” Glasgow said. “It was heartening to see so many students excited about sending their personal messages to our veterans through the Valentines for Veterans program.”
Kristi McNichol, Superintendent of the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission, said her organization already has started giving the valentines to local service members.
“The veterans have been touched by the outpouring of support for them,” McNichol said. “In fact, we already have received a thank you from one of our veterans, who served in Vietnam, expressing how much the homemade valentine meant to him.”
In that note, the veteran wrote, “[t]o the children, teachers, and parents – thank you, thank you for your letters of support. The respect and love you’ve expressed in these letters is greatly appreciated. America is great because of you!”
Classes from the following schools participated in the inaugural Valentines for Veterans program:
- Chelsea Intermediate School, Frankfort
- Grand Prairie Elementary School, Frankfort
- Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Joliet
- Sanchez Elementary School, Joliet
- Eisenhower Academy, Joliet
- Hufford Jr. High School, Joliet
- Isaac Singleton Elementary School, Joliet
- M.J. Cunningham Elementary School, Joliet
- Taft Elementary School, Joliet
- Lynne Thigpen Elementary School, Joliet
- Dirksen Junior High School, Joliet
- Woodland Elementary School, Joliet
- Gompers Jr. High School, Joliet
- Creekside Elementary School, Plainfield
- Lakewood Falls Elementary School, Plainfield
“I want to thank our teachers and school administrators for their enthusiasm in participating in this important program to thank our area veterans,” Glasgow said.
Glasgow invites schools throughout Will County to contact his office if they are interested in participating in the program next year.