A trip that’s been six decades in the making is an effort to pay tribute to 104 WWII veterans in Eastern Oklahoma.
Wednesday morning Honor Flight Oklahoma will take these veterans to visit the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford and photojournalist Aaron Primmer will be on the flight to share the emotions of their journey and how students are honoring our veterans.
Veterans will also be receiving letters written from students in 20 school districts across Green Country.
The ‘mail call’ is known as ‘emotional currency.
“I got more letters than anybody,” says Larry Stepp who served in the Marines.
Another WWII veteran who’s been on the Honor Flight says the mail call brings back good memories.
“We might miss our lunch but we didn’t miss mail call, no one missed mail call,” says WWII veteran Winifred Dudley.
Six decades later the veterans are still receiving mail call.
One letter written by a elementary student shows the innocence of a child.
“’You are heroes because you fought in World War II and to me English class is hard,’” says Mail Call Coordinator Randy Finfrock.
This is just one of the 5,300 letters written to the veterans, schools and classes also made banners and drawings for the ceremony.
As part of the honor flight veterans will receive their letters on bus back to their flight home.
“Some of the kids asked well why no email or cell phones?” says Finfrock.
No matter the generation gap Dudley says there’s a patriotic understanding.
“It said ‘Dear Veteran, I’m glad that you are not dead.’ It was so cute because it was straight from his heart,” says Dudley.
Because it’s never too late to thank a veteran.
“The children, they are from the home front. They are writing letters,” says Dudley.
The trip is based on donations and costs about $90,000 for each trip.
Owasso High School helped raise $16,000.
FOX23’s Abbie Alford and photojournalist Aaron Primmer will be on the flight and will have live coverage starting at on FOX23 News Daybreak on Wednesday.
Applications and donations for Oklahoma Honor Flight can be sent to Oklahoma Honor Flights P.O. Box 10492 Midwest City, OK 73140. Or you can call Rep. Proctor at (918) 407-9403 or e-mail at email@example.com.