Saturday, May 23, 2009

Honor Flight Veterans have Mail Call on Flight to DC

Bella Vransevich, Mrs. Springer, Abby Thompson show the V-mail letters written to the veterans

Thanks to students in Jo Springers' social studies classes at Huddleston Elementary in Peachtree City, veterans traveling to Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight Fayette in October, November or May this school year received an extra surprise.

The students wrote letters in "V-mail" style, which was the way they were written and mailed during WWII, and they were passed out during "mail call" while members of the greatest generation were in flight to the nation's capitol. Questions ranged from "were you scared", "did you miss your family", "were any of your friends or family killed" and "were you injured" to inquiries about where they fought and what branch of the service they were in. Their questions showed a genuine concern for the veterans as well as curiosity and interest about the people and events during that tumultuous time in our nation's history.

Mrs. Springer stated that the students have received replies from many of the veterans, as well as visits to their classrooms. She also said they all felt they had "touched history, and what the children did was truly a labor of love". Mrs. Springer is also proud of her students' vast knowledge of a period of time during which their grandfathers or great-grandfathers were vital participants.

As a board member of Honor Flight Fayette, Mrs. Springer knows what an undertaking it is to prepare for and carry out these "missions" to D.C. in honor of the men and women of World War II. In fact, Honor Flight Fayette, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, exists solely to raise monies for these trips so that veterans can visit their memorial at no charge to them, and no veteran is allowed to donate toward this cause. And, because we are losing these brave citizens at the rate of 1,200 per day in this country, time to honor them is of the essence. The Fayette County branch of the national Honor Flight organization has lost several veterans already, some of whom were scheduled to go on a flight they never got to make.

If you would like to be a guardian, volunteer or to donate to this endeavor please go to Applications for veterans can also be obtained at this site or you can call 770-719-1924.

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