Each envelope was filled with cards and notes from friends and family, hand drawn cards from a group of schoolchildren, and a nostalgic vintage photo of a pin up girl. The bus grew quiet as each veteran read and digested the words of appreciation.
Mail Call by Meryl Ann Butler
Some received notes from friends they hadn't heard from in years. One veteran received a note from a longtime estranged son, which brought tears and healed old family wounds.
The day had been full of many extraordinary moments. Still, some participants characterized the mail call as the most meaningful event on what most agreed was "one of the best days" of their lives.
Several veterans noted that the first time they had ever been thanked for their service was during their Honor Flight trip.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them" and the Honor Flight program is an inspiring example.
ABOUT HONOR FLIGHT:
REGIONAL HONOR FLIGHT- VIRGINIA:
Virginia's regional Honor Flight organization is Honor
Flight Historic Triangle Virginia (HFHTVA) www.honorflighthtva.org
#5 is scheduled for Saturday, 30 April 2011. Applications for local veterans
are available for download from the "Veterans Applications" page of
The program operates entirely on funds from individual and corporate donors. HFHTVA deeply appreciates the local sponsorship by the Langley Federal Credit Union, Towne Bank, Sertoma Club of Norfolk, Mearsk Shipping Line, DAV Chapter 13, and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
To make a financial contribution to HFHTVA to help more Virginia veterans take this once-in-a-lifetime trip, please visit the "Donations" page of the website.