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We would like to thank the students and parents who participated in this campaign and for giving us a glimpse into the importance of home. Over the last seven months, submissions came from coast to coast, and even as far away as Japan. Students from civilian families; families from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force; National Guard and Reserve families; children of veterans; and from Gold Star families, all put their creativity to use to show no matter our differences, we all need a place to call home.
Special thanks to the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the Armed Services YMCA for their participation in helping us collect submissions. We are excited to display your work on our website, on social media, and even right here in our office in Washington, D.C. “Picturing Home” may have come to a close, but we encourage everyone – civilian and military, in school or out – to never lose sight of what home means to you and to always be grateful for both new friends and old, wherever you are.
Lindie at 10th grade student at Kubasaki High School in Okinawa, Japan was assigned to write a piece of poetry about where she calls home for Honors World Literature. This was the piece she wrote.
Our family currently resides in Okinawa, Japan but will PCS in the coming months to Los Angelas, CA. Both my wife and I are originally from Delaware and we try every summer, when living in driving distance, to visit our “home state” to ensure our military children know their family.
Home means my parents, my sister and my pets. It means love, kindness, healthiness and caring. Home is where we love each other, support each other, care for each other and help each other.
My daughter is only nine years old, but has moved five times. We are a proud Air Force family. My husband has served 24 years on active duty and still going. It’s an exhausting process to move every few years, but Abby always says that home is where her dad, mom and brother live – no matter where that may be. I give her permission to be angry during a move, she’s earned after five. She wrote this poem as a way to express the way she feels after another PCS this summer from overseas back to the states. Military kids always seem to find the brightest sunbeam under the darkest skies.