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Hillside Supports Veterans through 'Honor Flight'

posted Jan 20, 2015, 6:04 PM by Hillside PTO

 

Hillside Slogan: “They changed our lives for the better, now it's our turn to change their lives."

 

Students at Hillside are collecting change to support Honor Flight, a non-profit organization created solely to honor American veterans for their sacrifices. Honor a WWII veteran or terminally ill veteran by bringing in your change (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters) and change the life of a true American hero like they did ours.

 

We are hoping to start out with trying to sponsor one WWII veteran and then see how many we can sponsor just by bringing in spare change during that six week time period.

 

Honor Flight transports our veterans to and from Washington, D.C. on a same-day trip to visit and reflect at their respective memorials. Many of our veterans have never been to Washington, D.C. in their lives. We can all help to change that for our veterans by bringing our change into Hillside.

 

Honor Flight top priority is given to the senior veterans, WWII survivors and regarded by many as the United States of America's "Greatest Generation", along with those veterans who are terminally ill followed by veterans of the Korean War, Vietnam War, and continuing with our recent veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, 

 

WWII was the war that truly threatened our very existence as a nation and as a culturally diverse and free society. In another five to seven years, the majority of our WWII veterans will be gone from this Earth.

 

The Hillside community did an incredible job raising over $5,000 (top school in New England last year), last year simply by bringing in spare change from cars seats, couches and chairs, piggy banks, picking up a coin off the floor or street, etc.

 

Honor Flight bags have been placed in each Advisory starting Monday, January 12, 2015 and will remain in each Advisory until Friday, February 20, 2015. Students are asked to bring in their change for the next six weeks and deposit their change in the Honor Flight jars during Advisory. Green Machine officers will go around to each Advisory to collect the change. We ask teachers/staff to keep the change jars in a safe place. Staff supported the Honor Flight cause by having a Jeans Day with donations on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

 

History of Honor Flight: started in May 2005 when six small airplanes of WWII vets flew out of Springfield. Ohio to Washington. D.C. to visit the new WWII Memorial.

 

Background Information:

 

16 million Americans served and fought for our country and freedom during WWII.

 

405,399 Americans died in WWI fighting for our freedom while thousands were wounded with life altering injuries. Second highest casualties in U.S. history. Second only to the Civil War (approximately 625,000 died). 

 

There are 1.2 million WWII veterans remaining in the United States today.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die every day in the U.S.A. 

 

We're running out of time to express our thanks and gratitude to these men and women who served and fought to make our nation free. They are our country's true heroes. Let's all honor their bravery and courage by making the effort to take part in this great cause.

 

"We can't all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by."

                                                                                               Will Rogers 

 

 

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