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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.

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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.

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Virginia's regional Honor Flight organization is Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia (HFHTVA) www.honorflighthtva.org

HFHTVA Trip #5 is scheduled for Saturday, 30 April 2011. Applications for local veterans are available for download from the "Veterans Applications" page of the website.

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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.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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for writing such an appropriate article for this V... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:06:18 AM
my comment below...it wasn't meant with any disres... by zonie on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:31:22 AM
I'm glad you liked the article, I have been workin... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:37:58 AM
before he went on this trip. Walt was shot twice a... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 2:52:08 PM
You did a FABULOUS job of finding a way to offer a... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 3:01:41 PM
and it's very timely that you're writing about it.... by Joan Brunwasser on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:16:46 PM
glad you liked the article! I just got a nice emai... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:44:06 PM
These people honored their oaths to this nation. ... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 6:58:14 PM
"I wish that each member in our government were re... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:18:26 PM
my husband and I were talking about. I think if y... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 7:22:23 PM
My son just called to say thank you to both my hus... by Laura Roberts on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:45:05 PM
thanks for sharing so we can all bask in your glow... by Meryl Ann Butler on Thursday, Nov 11, 2010 at 9:58:31 PM