In early April, Norm Danielson, a Morrisonville resident, stopped by Morrisonville Elementary School to ask if students could make a few cards for a friend who was going on a Badger Honor Flight later in the month. The gentleman he was referring to was an 88-year-old WWII Navy veteran who did not have many family or friends in the area. Danielson was hoping to fill his envelope for “mail call” on the return flight to Madison.
According to Morrisonville teacher Julie Harrier, “All of our students at MES were very happy to help, so they created 60 cards.” On Saturday, April 25, Harrier went to the airport to welcome Bob Frint home from his trip and take a picture of him to share with her students. She also showed him pictures of students who had made cards for him. Norm Danielson was also at the airport to greet him. “The welcome home ceremony was very moving and a beautiful way to honor our nation’s heroes,” said Harrier.
When Harrier returned to school, she shared pictures and information about the Badger Honor flight with the students. She explained to them that the trip is free for veterans and that the cost is covered by donations. “The students immediately voted to use money they received from Ann Hinner (MES secretary) for a “pay it forward” project, as a donation to Badger Honor Flight,” said Harrier. “They wanted to help more veterans participate in the honor flights to Washington, D.C. so they could see the memorials built in their honor.”
More information about Badger Honor Flights is available at www.badgerhonorflight.org/