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Part I: Please Help Honor World War II Veterans

By Stephanie Jones @1MakeDifference
Several years ago as I was boarding a flight from Chicago to Boise, I was stopped in my tracks as I started to walk down the aisle to my seat.  I saw a sea of black hats.  I immediately recognized the hats because my husband has one on his dresser, it was his grandfathers. The hat signifies what war they fought in, if they are a veteran and sometimes what branch they served.  I was overwhelmed, wanted to take a picture because it was a beautiful sight, but I didn’t want to offend anyone. I quickly learned I was on an Honor Flight full of World War II Veterans.  They were flying back from Washington D.C. where most were seeing the World War II memorial for the first time.
Part I: Please Help Honor World War II Veterans
When we arrived in Boise, the veterans were the last to exit the plane. Many of us on the flight stayed around and welcomed them home, a Hero’s Welcome they never received after the war.  Tears welled up in my eyes and all I could do was clap and smile as one by one they passed by. 
Indy Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor Indiana’s veterans for all their sacrifices.  There are similar organizations throughout the country with the same mission: to transport America's Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Currently, the top priority is given to the senior veterans-World War II survivors, along with those veterans who may be terminally ill. 
“Of all of the wars in recent memory, it was World War II that truly threatened our very existence as a nation- and as a culturally diverse, free society. Now, with over 700-900 World War II veterans dying each day, our time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is running out.” Indy Honor FlightPart I: Please Help Honor World War II VeteransSeveral weeks ago a fellow colleague sent out an email asking for support in writing letters to veterans that will be going on an upcoming honor flight. I knew this was an opportunity to give and hopefully get others involved.  This is TOP SECRET!  The Veterans on the flight don’t know it, but each Veteran will receive 10 or more pieces of mail.  The emotions that “mail call” raises are a testimony to the character of these men and women and how much these small acts of kindness mean to them. 
My Cisco colleagues, Vic Minatel, accompanied his grandfather on an Honor Flight trip last September and stated, “During the war, mail call was a great day! It was a day that raised their spirits.  Mail call during the honor flight is a total surprise and they were humbled and very grateful for all of the letters. The veterans are humbled by the outpouring of support that is shown to them by friends, family and strangers.”If you are reading this blog, you have freedoms that were fought for by the men in World War II and other wars. 
Please take a couple of minutes of your time to write a letter to say, THANK YOU!Deadline for letters: March 28th(if you miss this deadline, there is another flight in May)
·   Please address your letter to: Dear Veteran
·   Do not date your letter
·   Example signatures: Stephanie, Mrs. Jones or simply A Grateful American
Please mail cards and letters to:
Indy Honor Flight
c/o Mail Call
9093 S SR 39
Moorseville,IN 46158The schedule has the veterans returning home to Indianapolis on April 5th and another flight returning home on May 10th.  Again, I would encourage all of you to take a few minutes and jot a couple of notes to our Veterans who will be on the flight thanking them for their service and sacrifice that allows us to enjoy our enduring freedoms and liberties.  
“We can’t all be heroes, some of us need to stand on the curb and clap as they go by”
–Will Rogers
Thank you to Vic Mantel and Indy Honor Flight for pictures and information on the Indy Honor Flight experience. To learn more about Indy Honor Flight check out their website at

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