School Kids Help War Vets

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JEFFERSON CITY - Individual classrooms across Mid-Missouri are raising money for Missouri Honor Flight. The Honor Flight Network flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Classrooms hope to raise enough money by Veterans day to fully fund another flight.

So far, Jefferson City, Columbia, Blair Oaks and Cole County schools are on board. The Jefferson City Key Club is spearheading the campaign.

"We don't have a lot of time left to honor these veterans," member Jada Sacco says. "They're dying quite quickly so it's really important for us to get them to Washington, D.C. while we still have time left."

Honor Flight President Mary Paulsell says students benefit from the experience as much as the veterans do.

"I think it's an opportunity to really connect to history, to realize that we stand on the shoulders of men," she says. "We live the way we live today because of what they did for us."

There is a flag on the hillside that overlooks Jefferson City High School, with a star or a stripe for each $65 raised. After 50 stars complete the flag, any additional stars will surround it. Community members and local businesses can also purchase stars for $15. 

The 16th Honor Flight from Mid-Missouri in the past three years will take off in November.