PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – How do you express gratitude for things you may not understand, to people you have never met?

It was a challenge for a young man from the South Hills, but an American Legion post recognized the teenager for what he designed.

A middle schooler had no idea what a big deal his assignment would become.

“It was amazing to see how everyone reacted to it,” Antonio Fontana said.

Fontana’s project for a class at Bethel Park Middle School back in March has now been sent to service members around the world.

“Antonio really took it to a new meaning as far as supporting veterans and showing the support of the young kids towards the veterans of the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Don Weis, of the Sons Of The American Legion, Post 760, said.

Not bad for a poster made by a 13-year-old right?

“Most people — unless they are older like in their 50s 60s or 70s — they don’t realize the sacrifices that are made to give us the freedom that we have here. We thought it was a breath of fresh air to see when we saw Antonio come out with this,” John Dunbar, of the Sons Of The American Legion, Post 760, said.

“I made this to honor our veterans and to show everyone what they have done for us and how amazing it is,” Fontana said.

The American Legion Post 760 was thrilled to receive the framed original work as a gift from Fontana. A copy was also sent to the White House.

“He has demonstrated what we would love to see in kids — the respect for the men and women of the service,” Dunbar said.

“We hope that more kids follow his footsteps. They are welcome here just like him. We’ll take them all,” Weis said.


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