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Brooks Hill students connect with Honor Flight veterans

Students at Brooks Hill Elementary School in Fairport created a big surprise for veterans who took part in this weekend's Honor Flight mission to Washington, D.C.
Students at Brooks Hill Elementary School in Fairport created a big surprise for veterans who took part in this weekend's Honor Flight mission to Washington, D.C.

Fifth grade students at the school wrote letters to the veterans to tell them how much they appreciate their service to our country. 

Elizabeth Passalugo was one of the students who took part in the project.  She discussed the possibility of meeting the veteran who received her letter.  "I think it would be fun to meet him because it would be a good opportunity to say 'thank you' for what you've done to our country, because they never got the welcome home that they really deserved," she said.

Eleni Karipidis enjoyed the chance to share her feelings with a veteran.  "It feels fun to write things to someone who did something very important for the U.S. to become free," she said.

The project helped Kevin Clifford learn more about the sacrifice the veterans made for our nation.  "I don't really know a lot about war, so I thought it would be kind of cool to ask questions about war and thank them for their service," he said.

Forty-five veterans took part in this weekend's Honor Flight, including 43 from World War II and two from the Korean War.  This was the final Honor Flight mission for 2013.

Since 2009, a total of 1,493 veterans have taken part in the Honor Flight missions, which fly veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to their Memorials in Washington, D.C. free of cost.

Honor Flight will resume its missions next spring.
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