Recently there have been several news articles, which have shared precious stories, photos, and videos of veterans around the country receiving special cards and letters from total strangers to celebrate various milestones and moments in their lives.

There was the story of Mr. Troxel, a World War II veteran who received nearly 70,000 pieces of mail letting him know how loved and appreciated he is. And then there was Mr. Sherman, another World War II veteran who is a Purple Heart recipient and recently received more than 50,000 pieces of mail from complete strangers who simply wanted to wish him well.

Stories like this warm the heart. They also keep the legacy of those who have defended the freedoms of our country alive and they also show our veterans that they are still very much appreciated. Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if we could heap this kind of love on the veterans of the Twin Tiers of New York and Pennsylvania? Well, we can!

If you've not heard of the Twin Tiers Honor Flight, it truly is a remarkable organization with one sole purpose: to honor our veterans. Twin Tiers Honor Flight is part of the national Honor Flight Network and is a not-for-profit, fully-volunteer organization. Twin Tiers Honor Flight is a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) organization, registered with the New York State Charities Bureau and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations.

Traci Taylor

Since 2012, Twin Tiers Honor Flight has been escorting local veterans to their war memorials in Washington, D.C. but that's not all. The organization has a variety of other ways they show appreciation to veterans from wreath-laying ceremonies to in-home visits.

Wouldn't it be great to surprise Twin Tiers veterans with heaps of mail letting them know how much they are loved? If you're willing to send in cards, letters, and drawings, the Twin Tiers Honor Flight would be more than happy to distribute those things to area veterans to brighten their day.

Traci Taylor

If you submit mail for Twin Tiers area veterans, please remember to keep your card/note lighthearted and filled with thanks. Please refrain from including political opinions. If you're not sure what to write, you could write something along the lines of simply saying thank you, "thank you for your service and I hope you enjoyed your trip." Cards and drawings from children are also encouraged, as a matter of fact, veterans absolutely LOVE receiving mail from kids.

You can send mail to:

Twin Tiers Honor Flight
Attn: Mail for Veterans
PO Box 1770
Binghamton, NY 13902

*Note: please don't date your card, letter, or drawing.

If you'd like your mail to be handed out on the next Honor Flight trip, you can drop it off by Wednesday, September 18 at the Townsquare Media studios. We're located at 59 Court Street in downtown Binghamton. If you drop mail off at the studios, please make sure to note that it needs to be given to Traci Taylor.

If you're a veteran or know one who would like to visit their war memorial through the Twin Tiers Honor Flight, you can learn more about the organization and submit an application here.

via KOCO/Newsweek/ Honor Flight Network/Twin Tiers Honor Flight]