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LETTER: Greet Honor Flight veterans

— LETTER: Greet Honor Flight veterans

To the editor:

I was one of the 62 privileged veterans on the last Honor Flight Syracuse on Oct. 5, 2013. Some veterans wrote to express the amazing experience and to thank all of the volunteers, and I will never forget the emotions, just overwhelming. Honor Flight Syracuse Mission is due to leave Syracuse on April 5, and I would encourage as many people as possible to greet these veterans at Hancock Airport when they return from Washington, D.C.

Never mentioned before is the tribute paid to the veterans by the Weedsport Junior and Senior High School students. Before we landed, we were greeted with a loud “mail call,” and each veteran was given a large envelope. Inside were 70 or more letters from the students with messages such as, “Thank you, veterans,” “Go Army,” “Duty Honor Country” and much more. What a thrilling feeling I felt. Being in the Army in Europe, I did not receive a lot of mail, as I was one of four brothers overseas. I still take time to read this mail and reflect on the young people who take this time to write.

People, take the time to welcome home these veterans and enjoy the smiles that greet you.

PETER H. DAMICO

WORLD WAR II VETERAN

BREWERTON

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