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The Wheatlands Community Has a Special Treat for Honor Flight Chicago

Mr. Howard Levinson, WWII Veteran with two TW 1st Grade teachers.We are so proud to say that we supported Honor Flight Chicago during our Veteran’s Day celebrations at TW.  Students were encouraged to bring
in change for our Veterans.  During our Veteran’s Day assemblies, various veterans and special guests also dropped change in the buckets for Honor Flight.  Students were also encouraged to write letters for the Honor Flight Mail Call.  The Mail Call is a surprise that happens on the veteran’s ride home.  They are given letters from various sources such as children, public figures, politicians, etc. to read on the flight home.
Honor Flight is an organization that recognizes Vets by flying them out to Washington, D.C. for a tour of all the memorials built in their honor.  This is an all-expense paid trip that is completely funded by donations. Honor Flight Chicago is a branch of the organization whose claim to fame is that it has flown more veterans than any other hub.
On November 12th we had the privilege of inviting two distinguished guests to our Veteran’s Day assembly, Mr. Ron Wolflick from Honor Flight Chicago and Mr. Howard Levinson, who was a WWII veteran for the US Army Air Corps.  Mr. Wolflick spoke with our audience and students about how to thank a veteran and about the great things done by Honor Flight Chicago.  Mr. Levinson talked about his experiences during WWII and about his own trip on the Honor Flight with special recogniti
on of the mail call.  Also in attendance that afternoon were former Marine and state representative Stephanie Kifowit as well as Aurora Alderman Bugg.
All together the community at The Wheatlands raised $488 for Honor Flight Chicago and wrote over 500 letters for the Veteran’s on their return flights home.  This was a great year to celebrate our Veterans!

Check out Honor Flight Chicago's Website by clicking here.