Each year, volunteers with Honors Flight of Northeast Tennessee recreate this moment with the Letters to Our Veterans Project.
On April 27, 22 World War II and Korean War veterans from Northeast Tennessee will fly with their Honors Flight guardians to Washington, D.C., to see monuments built to honor their service. On the flight home, they will open letters in mail call written by students from Elizabethton High School and other schools.
Travis Pennell’s special topics in U.S. history/Appalachian studies students at EHS were eager to participate this year by writing a letter to each veteran. Kelly Green, commander of the Carter County Honor Guard American Legion Post 49, said the letters are a powerful memento for the vets.
“Some of these guys read these letters that children and youth write thanking them for their service and it brings back memories from being oversees and getting a letter from home,” he said. “It really means a lot. When they come back they tell about it and talk about how much it meant to them.”
On Friday, April 20, Green and Wanda Ibrahim visited Pennell’s class to talk about the Honors Flight and service to country. They thanked students for participating and emphasized that the small things people do in life can have a tremendous impact on others.