Local students are making Valentine's Day cards for veterans in long-term care facilities.
Minister of Veterans Affairs, Lawrence MacAulay, was in Halifax Thursday, joining Grade 4 and 5 students from Crichton Park Elementary as they crafted their cards.
"Just imagine what it's like for a veteran, who might not see that many people in a home, then a young child comes up and says thank you for what you did for me," he explained.
"If you can't find tears in that setup, you don't have tears. It's a very emotional and touching event."
Veterans Affairs Canada has been involved with the national Valentines for Vets program since 1996. MacAuley says around 20,000 Valentines were handed out across the country last year, and he thinks that number will be higher this year.
"There's an emphasis, of course, on saying thank you to the veteran and making sure they understand we're pleased with what they've done," MacAulay said. "But it's also so important that the young children, and all the people, realize what our Canadian veterans did to preserve peace and democracy in the world."
The Valentine's Day cards will be handed out to veterans across the country by February 14.