Help Needed Honoring Local World War II Veterans with “Mail Call”
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 550 WWII veterans die each day. The Honor Flight Network continues to do all that they can to do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and help our heroes travel absolutely free to see their memorial in Washington DC.
Imagine a plane full of WWII veterans (most now in their 80’s) returning from a day in Washington DC where they visited their memorial. Just after their plane lands back at home, someone on the plane stands up and starts calling out their names (just as was done when they were active duty) and hands them a bundle of mail. Letters from home, letters from friends and family even letters from a stranger, sending love and thanking them for their service. Maybe this time it’s sending a greeting that says “I hope you enjoyed your day.”
My friend Jennifer Lasher works at the Binghamton Airport and has asked me to reach out to you for help in making something spectacular happen. The Twin Tier Honor Flight will depart from the Binghamton Airport on April 12th, taking WWII vets to see their memorial in Washington DC and Jennifer has made it her personal mission to make sure that every vet on the flight gets a lot of mail during “mail call.”
So I’m asking a favor of you to help this mission be a success. We’re looking for letters, cards, notes and greetings that can be handed out to a vet on the flight back. Lots and lots of them.
All corespondent needs to be received by April 8th. We know that’s not a lot of time, but we believe that we can make this happen. If you write, please remember to keep your note lighthearted and filled with thanks. Please refrain from including political opinions.
There are three ways for you to submit your “mail call” for a vet:
By mail (by April 8th):
Traci Taylor/98.1 The Hawk
59 Court Street
Binghamton, NY 13905
Monday-Friday 8am-5pm at the 98.1 The Hawk studio at 59 Court Street in Binghamton by April 8th.
Simply submit your note by filling out the form below by April 8th.
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If you’d like to stand in support of the returning vets when they arrive home to Binghamton on Saturday April 12th, you can find out how join us here.