To thank and honor the more than 80 World War II veteran’s from Arkansas who flew on the Honor Flight last weekend, PCSSD students from Robinson Elementary School, Robinson High School, Crystal Hill Elementary School and Maumelle High School decorated cards and wrote thank you messages. Despite the government shutdown, the Honor Flight group flew out of Little Rock and visited the WWII Memorial and various other memorials in Washington, D.C. last Saturday.
On the return flight, each veteran received a packet of letters during “mail call.” Mail call was a much anticipated event during the war when the soldiers would hear from their families. One of the veterans who received cards from PCSSD students was Olan Wages of Jacksonville. Mr. Wages, who is 90, fought at the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of Normandy. He was wounded twice and received two purple hearts.
Robinson High School teacher, Martha Cothren, was selected by Walmart and Tyson Foods, who sponsored the flight, to fly to Washington with the veterans. Cothren has been a longtime advocate for the U.S. military through the history courses she teaches.
A longtime advocate for veterans and history teacher at Robinson High School, Martha Cothren was invited by sponsors WalMart and Tyson to fly on the Honor Flight last weekend. Robinson High School teachers and parents greeted her, and the veterans, when they returned.
Reporter Jocelyn Tovar with KARK – Channel 4 accompanied the veterans on their trip and recapped the day full of memories for the veterans.