Second grader hand-delivers thank you letters to unsuspecting veterans

(Photo: Merrilee Moore)

JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - A second grader went the extra mile to thank veterans today by hand-delivering dozens of letters from him and his classmates at Ogden Elementary School.

"They help our country and they help the United States of America and I think the United States of America is a great country," Stephen Lytle, said. "When I grow up, I wanna be in the Marine Corps."

Even though Lytle's not old enough to be in the military yet, he has a lot of admiration for those who have served.

That's the reason Lytle decided to hand-deliver the letters thanking veterans for their service at the Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the Onslow County Disabled American Veterans in Jacksonville.

"My grandad used to be in the reserves and we're going to Camp Lejeune later today," Lytle said. "He took me here and I delivered them."

How did Lytle collect all of the letters from his fellow first and second graders? Well, it involved social media.

"My mom went on Facebook and got Miss Page from her class to write them and my teacher for my class to write them," Lytle said.

"It makes you feel good," Elgin Barnhill, a Navy and Air Force veteran said about receiving the letters. "I have four -- I have one boy and three girls and they're the apple of my eye. Anyway, it makes me feel good."

Lytle also received a challenge coin from one of the many thankful veterans, who was touched by Stephen's actions.

"I'm gonna put it in my collection of Marine Corps stuff," Lytle said.

Some veterans are even planning on writing Lytle back to thank him for his thoughtfulness.

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