HARTFORD, S.D. (KELO) — On May 7th, the first Midwest Honor Flight of 2019 takes off, giving veterans the chance to see the memorials dedicated to them and others for their service.
But before they go, they received some early ‘thank you’s’ in an unexpected place.
Normally, the Midwest Honor Flight sends veterans to Washington D.C. as a thank you for all they’ve done, But the students of West Central Middle School took the chance to send the ‘thank you’s’ to them.
Recently, the seventh-graders of West Central Middle School learned about the Midwest Honor Flight.
“I think it’s important for them to get to see that there are people who have served our country and who have done things that can directly impact us,” Seventh-grade teacher at West Central Middle School Maddie Anderson said.
They were touched by what they saw, and wanted to write letters to the veterans thanking them for all they’ve done.
“When you can do something more authentic when reaching out in the community, the kids have way more buy-in. And they got really excited and wrote awesome letters,” Anderson said.
Letters thanking them for their bravely and service. A topic, for some, that hits close to home.
“My Dad is… in the Army National Guard and both my Aunt and my Uncle are also in the Army, and then Grandparents,” seventh-grader at West Central Middle School Hadley Larson said
Max Hofer: So a subject like this means a lot to you then?
Hadley Larson: Mhm. I think it’s very important that veterans should be able to go and see their monuments made for them. And if they don’t see it, I think that’s a shame.
But little did the students know what sort of impact they would have…
“They sent their letters in and then we – very quickly after we got them – got a response from Midwest Honor Flight and that they wanted to send something for the kids,” Anderson said.
They were sent special bracelets from Midwest Honor Flight as way of also saying ‘thank you.’
Showing that the honor goes both ways.
“That made us feel pretty good that something as simple as a letter could make somebody feel that happy,” Larson said.