It only takes a minute to say “Thank you.” Two simple words that mean so much more.
What is the Honor Flight Network?!
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Each year they transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. “They, too, have given so much and it’s time we show them that their efforts are not forgotten.” Now, these Heros are not asking for recognition and unfortunately, our time is limited to out gratitude for their service. An estimated 1,900 veterans die each day and due to budget limitations, there are still 27,272 veterans on the flight waiting list, but our time hasn’t run out just yet.
How can you make a difference
This year I am proud to say, my grandfather is one of the veterans given the opportunity to take this Honor Flight and will be making the long journey to the Koren War Memorial in memory of those who fought beside him and sacrificed their life for our freedom.
As part of the day’s activities they have a “Mail Call” they are asking family members and friends to write letters of gratitude to the veteran. This is a surprise to my grandfather and many others who will be attending the ceremony. Now, I ask for your help in taking the few minutes it takes to write a simple letter or gratitude to these veterans who have sacrificed so very much.
If you would like to help me and write a personal letter or message to my grandfather, you can either comment below, and I will copy the message into a letter format and send it along with my own. Or, you can email me directly at Lndeasy92@gmail.com and address it to: Commander (CD) Richard St. Louis
Or, if you’d prefer to write a letter to another veteran, who will be on the Rhode Island Honor flight this June, email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Letter Gratitude” in the subject line of the Email. I will then forward your email to the appropriate Honor Flight Regional Hub Associate who will be in charge of Mail Call that day.
Thank you for your support in expressing gratitude to those who once, wrote a blank check to the United States of America for a sum “up to, and including his life,” a debt many of us will never know.
It’s funny how, as we grow we learn the stories we wish we knew sooner. The so-called “secrets” those closest to us forget to share, thinking they are only “irrelevant” memories of the past. When in reality only help us realize that those memories, experiences, and stories are what open our eyes to the truth. The truth that there are some things we may never experience ourselves. Because there are men and women who have had to use their unbelievable strength physically, mentally and emotionally, who have delayed plans for college, marriage and many other opportunities life has presented in order to preserve these opportunities for others. Hoping, praying that these memories of the past are just that; memories. Not something we hope to share with our sons and daughters. But then, these stories, memories, and experiences are not to be forgotten but honored, recognized and shared. I know a simple “Thank you” is not nearly enough for those who have had to find the strength to encourage others who have no courage left or to lead others into the unknown as they struggle to find their own strength, but somehow they found it and continue to find it every day by honor all those who have served. I am a proud grandughter of a Korean War Veteran, the man who taught me to be “Strong Like Bull.”
-Thank you Papa and all those who have served