Students at the Scioto County Career and Technical Center (Scioto Tech) have been hard at work writing letters to honor veterans.
Scioto Tech secretary, Mary Crist, serves as the Recording Secretary for the Joseph Spencer chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She learned through her chapter, that the organization was seeking letters to send to veterans who participated in the Honor Flight Network programs.
The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that transports veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to Washington D.C. for an all expenses-paid tour. In 2016 more than 20,588 veterans were served by the program.
The Daughters of the American Revolution wanted to send letters to these veterans so they would have nice thank-you’s to read when they got back home. When Crist found out about the project, she immediately thought about the community service class at Scioto Tech.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for the students here, so I approached Mrs. Coldiron about it, this is the first time we’ve ever done anything like this here at the school,” said Crist. “The DAR is dedicated to promoting patriotism and preserving our American history and securing our future through better education for our students, giving is also a huge part of the DAR.”
Community service teacher, Denise Coldiron loved the idea and got her students involved.
“It’s a really awesome program, they get to fly out to Washington D.C. and they’ll get to tour the different monuments pertaining to their service and the war they fought it,” said Coldiron. “Once they get back home, they’ll also have the cards from us, reminding them that they’re appreciated.”
Coldiron was provided with a list of 83 Ohio veterans participating in the upcoming trip, she and the students have written 166 letters, two for every Ohio veteran, to be sent out April 10.
“I’ve seen videos of these men when they found out they get to go and they’re just in tears. It’s really very moving,” said Crist. “It means a lot to me that our students are involved in this because my dad was a World War II veteran of course he passed away long before this program, and I know that this would have meant a lot to him.”
The Honor Flight program operates through community donations and sponsorships, to make a donation or to apply for the program, please visit www.honorflightcolumbus.org or www.honorflight.org for more information.
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